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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,354Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 36

$834K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 36

706 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

4% of this provider’s 706 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 706 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,105 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 664 659 1 1
LISINOPRIL 491 476 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 439 439 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 394 394 4 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 288 288 5 12
NAMENDA 287 287 6 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 267 267 7 18
OMEPRAZOLE 265 255 8 6
FUROSEMIDE 258 253 9 5
GABAPENTIN 258 258 9 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 239 239 11 34
SERTRALINE HCL 224 224 12 19
MIRTAZAPINE 202 202 13 28
TRAMADOL HCL 191 188 14 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 184 15 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 187 184 S3 16 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 187 16 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 168 168 18 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 167 167 19 22
ATENOLOL 159 159 20 27
DIOVAN 148 147 21 40
GALANTAMINE HBR 143 143 22 148
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 138 23 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 130 24 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 125 117 25 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 110 26 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 121 121 27 66
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 109 28 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 105 29 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 114 30 35
KLOR-CON M20 106 98 31 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 103 32 37
TRAZODONE HCL 101 101 33 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 99 34 29
CLOPIDOGREL 97 90 35 33
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 95 95 36 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 88 37 41
SYNTHROID 88 88 37 68
NEXIUM 85 85 39 26
FAMOTIDINE 79 79 40 30
RISPERIDONE 67 67 41 31
METFORMIN HCL 66 52 42 11
LOVASTATIN 64 64 43 62
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 56 43 93
MEGESTROL ACETATE 63 63 R 45 102
PLAVIX 62 58 46 52
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 59 47 110
RAMIPRIL 58 58 48 96
FINASTERIDE 57 57 49 108
SPIRIVA 56 56 50 76
CYMBALTA 56 56 50 48
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 45 50 84
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 56 50 65
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 56 50 116
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 43 55 43
LUNESTA 54 54 55 203
CLONIDINE HCL 51 51 57 50
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 29 57 136
RANITIDINE HCL 50 50 59 25
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 July 19, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.