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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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53,367Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 19

$2.87M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 19

762 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

17% of this provider’s 762 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 762 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 49,347 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

70 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
FUROSEMIDE 2,089 1,957 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,064 1,872 S3 2 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,868 1,783 3 9
NAMENDA 1,733 1,648 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 1,704 1,607 5 5
MIRTAZAPINE 1,525 1,472 6 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,492 1,405 7 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,491 1,403 8 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,369 1,324 9 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 1,346 1,237 10 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 1,228 1,146 11 22
GABAPENTIN 1,199 1,155 12 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 1,144 1,078 10 13 21
RANITIDINE HCL 1,108 974 14 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 977 905 15 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 874 849 16 3
TRAZODONE HCL 803 677 17 20
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 773 728 10 18 19
SIMVASTATIN 765 741 19 7
RISPERIDONE 749 711 20 18
LISINOPRIL 724 697 21 6
FAMOTIDINE 573 549 22 31
EXELON 557 532 23 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 515 415 24 27
LANTUS 500 448 25 29
SEROQUEL 499 473 26 48
CARVEDILOL 471 453 27 23
GLIPIZIDE 469 433 28 49
LEXAPRO 465 446 29 44
CLOPIDOGREL 456 430 30 30
TRAMADOL HCL 406 400 31 16
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 402 388 32 24
METFORMIN HCL 400 382 33 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 370 350 34 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 369 349 35 70
DIGOXIN 339 331 36 40
PLAVIX 301 290 37 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 286 280 38 33
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 284 235 39 122
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 277 271 40 34
ALLOPURINOL 274 240 41 64
RAMIPRIL 271 242 42 96
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 258 217 43 32
PREMARIN 257 235 R 44 133
ATENOLOL 252 230 45 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 245 244 46 115
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 237 236 47 42
CYMBALTA 235 218 48 52
PROMETHAZINE HCL 234 219 R 49 60
SUCRALFATE 231 194 50 83
NYSTATIN 230 195 51 94
CEFUROXIME 230 215 51 72
CEFTRIAXONE 227 216 53 79
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 223 210 54 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 223 211 54 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 222 203 56 66
LEVETIRACETAM 216 141 57 57
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 209 193 58 143
SERTRALINE HCL 209 173 58 25
DIOVAN 201 201 60 41
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 195 195 S2 61 69
PREDNISONE 188 188 62 63
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 183 169 63 92
OLANZAPINE 177 124 64 68
LEVOFLOXACIN 174 157 65 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 169 156 66 62
NEXIUM 159 146 67 37
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 158 118 68 85
LATANOPROST 156 147 69 89
BACLOFEN 155 107 70 81
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 148 115 S2 71 113
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 143 93 72 84
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 143 120 72 78
ERYTHROMYCIN 139 134 74 140
CLONIDINE HCL 138 138 75 56
AZITHROMYCIN 138 131 75 91
LIDOCAINE HCL 137 132 77 123
LIDODERM 137 125 77 76
VOLTAREN 137 112 77 182
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 132 125 80 74
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 129 114 81 38
MORPHINE SULFATE 127 98 S2 82 137
TRICOR 126 113 83 152
CRESTOR 126 125 83 71
FENTANYL 125 100 S2 85 55
SPIRIVA 124 110 86 82
TAMIFLU 124 112 86 192
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 122 120 88 101
JANUVIA 122 110 88 95
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 122 105 88 90
NYSTOP 115 105 91 195
CEPHALEXIN 114 104 92 86
SPIRONOLACTONE 113 106 93 77
CARAFATE 112 93 94 147
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 111 98 95 131
HYDRALAZINE HCL 110 101 96 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 106 105 R 97 131
CALCITONIN-SALMON 106 106 97 155
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 92 99 43
VESICARE 105 105 99 156
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 102 101 28
NITROSTAT 102 99 101 161
LYRICA 102 82 101 87
MEGESTROL ACETATE 102 99 R 101 109
AGGRENOX 99 99 105 106
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 98 S2 105 121
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 98 98 107 129
ADVAIR HFA 97 94 108 139
AMIODARONE HCL 95 95 109 93
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 93 80 110 98
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 82 110 107
VERAPAMIL ER 89 67 112 209
LACTULOSE 87 73 113 80
AVODART 86 74 114 176
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 86 69 114 173
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 85 85 116 163
ABILIFY 85 72 116 118
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 84 74 118 74
BUPROPION HCL 83 69 119 213
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 72 120 45
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 79 121 119
DETROL LA 79 66 121 178
TRAVATAN Z 77 77 123 127
PROPRANOLOL HCL 76 63 124 183
METOLAZONE 76 55 124 150
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 76 71 124 124
PRIMIDONE 74 64 127 159
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 74 66 127 134
VENLAFAXINE HCL 71 71 129 111
MUPIROCIN 71 58 129 140
VALPROIC ACID 71 32 129 102
KETOCONAZOLE 70 66 132 171
PROAIR HFA 69 61 133 135
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 69 133 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 66 135 65
GALANTAMINE HBR 67 67 135 160
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 58 137 142
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 64 43 R 138 148
HALOPERIDOL 63 45 139 162
SINGULAIR 63 59 139 149
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 63 139 104
OXYCONTIN 61 60 S2 142 156
OXYCODONE HCL 61 38 S2 142 116
METHADONE HCL 61 61 S2 142 234
DILTIAZEM HCL 59 59 145 124
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 52 145 235
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 58 55 147 103
METRONIDAZOLE 58 56 147 190
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 58 58 147 200
PROCTOZONE-HC 57 57 150 239
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 57 51 150 173
BUSPIRONE HCL 57 44 150 105
MECLIZINE HCL 56 56 153 151
DILANTIN 56 56 153 201
CARBAMAZEPINE 54 34 155 187
BUPROPION XL 52 52 156 194
SANTYL 51 49 157 138
GLYBURIDE 50 49 R 158 205
FLUCONAZOLE 50 41 158 136
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 Nov. 2, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.