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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,183Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 19

$339K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 19

239 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 239 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,423 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 39.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 311 275 1 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 213 2 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 251 218 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 217 202 4 4
LISINOPRIL 199 167 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 161 S3 6 1
NAMENDA 155 153 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 142 128 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 138 126 9 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 116 10 15
METFORMIN HCL 115 109 11 26
TRAMADOL HCL 111 102 12 16
MIRTAZAPINE 110 106 13 14
ATENOLOL 103 81 14 36
GABAPENTIN 99 77 15 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 98 15 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 92 50 17 11
NEXIUM 77 77 18 37
ALLOPURINOL 75 54 19 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 56 19 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 73 63 21 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 60 22 33
RANITIDINE HCL 69 63 23 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 64 24 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 52 25 34
CLONIDINE HCL 63 44 26 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 35 27 38
SERTRALINE HCL 58 58 28 25
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 58 28 100
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 30 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 53 53 31 10
CARVEDILOL 53 53 31 23
EXELON 51 51 33 46
TRAZODONE HCL 50 48 34 20
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 Sept. 30, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.