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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,621Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 439

$1.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 439

998 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 998 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 998 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,575 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 1,187 1,106 1 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,076 1,028 2 22
NAMENDA 1,061 1,020 3 20
TRAZODONE HCL 700 567 4 35
EXELON 689 673 5 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 684 585 10 6 101
RISPERIDONE 662 591 7 59
MIRTAZAPINE 590 555 8 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 540 493 9 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 522 455 10 14
SEROQUEL 507 475 11 150
OXCARBAZEPINE 412 365 10 12 151
GABAPENTIN 340 269 13 7
OLANZAPINE 326 281 14 159
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 304 245 15 148
CYMBALTA 290 257 16 45
BUPROPION HCL SR 283 245 17 194
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 270 244 18 9
SERTRALINE HCL 269 233 19 44
LAMOTRIGINE 267 200 20 73
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 246 21 2
GALANTAMINE HBR 258 255 22 239
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 227 210 23 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 223 221 24 123
BUPROPION XL 215 202 25 174
ABILIFY 199 167 26 142
SIMVASTATIN 193 171 27 3
FLUOXETINE HCL 190 157 28 105
LISINOPRIL 183 172 29 4
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 173 150 10 30 296
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 163 156 31 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 152 102 32 120
OMEPRAZOLE 142 119 33 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 140 122 34 30
LITHIUM CARBONATE 124 89 35 203
FUROSEMIDE 115 100 36 5
LEXAPRO 106 103 37 300
PAROXETINE HCL 102 70 38 146
MEGESTROL ACETATE 100 99 R 39 238
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 98 40 23
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 94 65 R 41 134
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 92 80 42 262
LORAZEPAM 90 85 43 354
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 85 83 44 315
CLONAZEPAM 84 73 45 320
METFORMIN HCL 75 63 46 29
ATENOLOL 75 56 46 24
CLOZAPINE 73 31 48 294
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 65 49 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 66 50 13
SEROQUEL XR 71 71 50 217
TEMAZEPAM 69 66 52 381
CARVEDILOL 69 64 52 8
FAMOTIDINE 69 63 52 69
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 68 55 198
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 67 56 12
RIVASTIGMINE 66 66 57 229
DOXEPIN HCL 59 49 58 211
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 49 59 46
ZYPREXA 55 48 60 419
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 34 S3 61 1
CLOMIPRAMINE HCL 54 49 R 61 424
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 50 63 15
RANITIDINE HCL 50 49 64 39
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 April 15, 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.