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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,097Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 36

$700K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 36

787 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

7% of this provider’s 787 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 12,546 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 741 679 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 603 575 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 515 500 3 1
LISINOPRIL 490 488 4 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 347 334 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 322 315 6 6
ATENOLOL 302 298 7 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 292 277 8 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 285 265 9 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 258 258 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 230 11 8
METFORMIN HCL 218 199 12 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 212 13 22
FUROSEMIDE 199 190 14 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 185 184 15 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 181 181 16 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 165 17 15
TRAMADOL HCL 167 154 18 14
SERTRALINE HCL 164 155 19 19
GABAPENTIN 161 160 20 10
AZITHROMYCIN 157 143 21 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154 153 22 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 136 S3 23 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 124 24 23
GLIPIZIDE 123 118 25 58
LOVASTATIN 121 120 26 62
SYNTHROID 116 104 27 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 115 28 41
NEXIUM 115 110 28 26
DIOVAN 110 98 30 40
ZETIA 106 97 31 133
PAROXETINE HCL 101 94 32 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 94 33 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 98 33 35
NAMENDA 98 98 33 13
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 96 93 36 96
TRAZODONE HCL 95 93 37 39
JANUVIA 94 82 38 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 92 38 65
ALLOPURINOL 90 90 40 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 90 40 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 65 42 49
CLOPIDOGREL 80 80 43 33
BUPROPION HCL SR 76 76 44 173
PLAVIX 76 76 44 52
RANITIDINE HCL 74 74 46 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 69 46 60
RAMIPRIL 72 66 48 96
TRICOR 72 72 48 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 66 48 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 70 70 51 93
CARVEDILOL 69 69 52 20
LANTUS 66 56 53 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 66 53 47
MELOXICAM 64 59 55 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 60 56 66
KLOR-CON M10 61 59 56 103
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 49 58 63
TERAZOSIN HCL 58 58 59 84
CYMBALTA 57 55 60 48
VERAPAMIL ER 56 56 61 92
KLOR-CON 10 56 56 61 75
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 49 63 78
EVISTA 52 49 63 211
LIPITOR 51 45 65 100
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 Oct. 13, 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.