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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,674Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 253 out of 1677

$605K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 250 out of 1677

455 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

3% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 455 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 8,358 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 516 386 1 5
LISINOPRIL 414 344 2 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 402 259 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 327 271 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 230 5 2
FENOFIBRATE 294 198 6 48
OMEPRAZOLE 282 219 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 243 183 8 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 163 9 17
METFORMIN HCL 218 177 10 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 125 11 15
TRAMADOL HCL 214 142 12 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 201 160 13 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 198 169 S3 14 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 176 15 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 124 16 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 188 169 17 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 184 126 18 145
ATENOLOL 150 120 19 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 95 20 22
GABAPENTIN 131 64 21 11
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 128 86 22 85
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 112 92 23 13
NEXIUM 109 57 24 19
METFORMIN HCL ER 105 71 25 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100 83 26 43
RANITIDINE HCL 98 78 27 18
SERTRALINE HCL 95 39 28 26
CARVEDILOL 91 61 29 20
ZETIA 90 59 30 75
MELOXICAM 86 53 31 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 77 32 24
LOVASTATIN 83 50 33 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 51 34 57
SPIRIVA 82 49 34 74
TRAZODONE HCL 81 40 36 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 62 37 23
CEFUROXIME 79 61 38 158
CLONIDINE HCL 75 53 39 36
CLOPIDOGREL 75 58 39 32
AZITHROMYCIN 73 52 41 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 64 42 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 32 43 29
PREDNISONE 71 54 43 40
NAMENDA 71 55 43 39
SYNTHROID 70 70 46 55
IBUPROFEN 69 41 47 83
VERAPAMIL ER 69 58 47 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 41 R 47 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 33 50 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 51 50 25
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 39 52 49
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 37 R 53 63
ALLOPURINOL 58 50 54 31
PROAIR HFA 58 42 54 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 56 30
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 27 57 126
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 38 58 54
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 38 58 177
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 31 58 108
ESTRADIOL 51 40 R 61 129
VALACYCLOVIR 51 27 61 350
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 Aug. 15, 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.