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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,021Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 140 out of 1677

$616K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 237 out of 1677

632 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 10,797 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Georgia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 896 491 S3 1 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 470 391 2 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 444 422 3 14
LISINOPRIL 415 335 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 408 358 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 368 327 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 365 292 7 2
OMEPRAZOLE 350 272 8 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 340 275 9 5
METFORMIN HCL 322 257 10 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 148 11 17
GABAPENTIN 224 115 12 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 215 144 13 24
ALLOPURINOL 215 169 13 31
ATENOLOL 208 167 15 21
RANITIDINE HCL 198 153 16 18
AZITHROMYCIN 183 130 17 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 179 137 18 12
PAROXETINE HCL 172 108 19 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 169 169 20 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 122 21 13
CLONIDINE HCL 151 103 22 36
NEXIUM 138 75 23 19
CRESTOR 129 91 24 28
RISPERIDONE 126 95 25 60
NAPROXEN 124 117 26 87
FAMOTIDINE 123 82 27 41
LANTUS 119 41 28 44
SERTRALINE HCL 113 81 29 26
MELOXICAM 113 60 29 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 112 75 31 15
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 112 90 31 85
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 111 84 R 33 63
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 111 94 33 95
GLIPIZIDE XL 101 77 35 123
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 56 36 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 73 37 57
CARISOPRODOL 90 32 R 38 68
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 51 R 38 52
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 64 40 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 86 59 41 76
PREDNISONE 84 65 42 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 76 43 61
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 80 44 77
GLIPIZIDE 78 67 45 56
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 38 46 112
CYMBALTA 74 22 47 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 72 47 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 49 49 10
IBUPROFEN 70 34 50 83
FENTANYL 70 0 S2 50 103
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 51 52 80
CLOPIDOGREL 66 45 53 32
DIGOXIN 65 52 54 71
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 32 R 54 64
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 64 32 56 124
LIPITOR 64 45 56 101
MIRTAZAPINE 63 51 58 62
MEGESTROL ACETATE 61 61 R 59 182
ALPRAZOLAM 60 55 60 153
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 59 44 S3 61 136
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 30 61 72
VERAPAMIL ER 59 59 61 86
MECLIZINE HCL 59 39 61 110
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 51 65 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 30 65 111
LOVASTATIN 58 31 65 35
PROAIR HFA 58 49 65 50
TRAMADOL HCL 58 28 65 16
ZETIA 57 44 70 75
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 41 70 98
BACLOFEN 56 27 72 142
NAMENDA 55 55 73 39
CELEBREX 54 38 74 102
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 52 74 78
CARVEDILOL 52 31 76 20
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 49 76 177
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 23 S2 78 140
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 36 79 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 37 79 156
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on May 16, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.