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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,756Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 356 out of 1677

$684K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 188 out of 1677

293 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 293 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 293 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,394 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 422 347 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 270 208 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 215 163 3 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 195 155 4 10
MELOXICAM 194 149 5 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 128 6 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 162 7 23
METFORMIN HCL 157 127 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 152 114 9 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 126 10 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 108 11 15
LISINOPRIL 146 111 12 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 119 S3 13 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 103 14 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 132 119 15 30
GABAPENTIN 124 70 16 11
FUROSEMIDE 124 109 16 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 122 108 18 53
ATENOLOL 111 90 19 21
CRESTOR 111 88 19 28
FENOFIBRATE 109 73 21 48
CLOPIDOGREL 109 91 21 32
RANITIDINE HCL 109 85 21 18
TRAZODONE HCL 108 91 24 37
PLAVIX 104 77 25 47
BUSPIRONE HCL 94 60 26 120
MIRTAZAPINE 92 74 27 62
NEXIUM 89 53 28 19
TRAMADOL HCL 83 53 29 16
CARVEDILOL 82 52 30 20
JANUVIA 80 71 31 70
ALLOPURINOL 78 47 32 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 46 33 29
NAMENDA 76 68 33 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75 62 35 12
DIOVAN 75 64 35 45
NIASPAN 72 65 37 128
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 28 38 22
TRICOR 70 61 38 100
ZETIA 69 53 40 75
BYSTOLIC 68 45 41 125
LANTUS 67 41 42 44
SYNTHROID 62 41 43 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 41 43 42
FAMOTIDINE 60 25 45 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 59 46 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 47 46 59
TOPIRAMATE 59 0 46 181
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 33 49 51
CYMBALTA 55 32 50 58
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 18 51 72
PROAIR HFA 53 48 51 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 49 53 73
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 47 R 53 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 0 55 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 44 55 24
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. 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.