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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,114Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 36

$852K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 36

517 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

10% of this provider’s 517 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 517 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,360 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

31 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 774 591 1 1
LISINOPRIL 637 482 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 548 280 S3 3 7
FUROSEMIDE 538 437 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 395 294 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 320 265 6 8
TRAMADOL HCL 308 223 7 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 268 248 8 12
NAMENDA 247 234 9 13
RISPERIDONE 236 167 10 31
CARVEDILOL 225 186 11 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 215 183 12 15
OMEPRAZOLE 211 159 13 6
RANITIDINE HCL 205 141 14 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 203 172 15 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 143 15 17
GABAPENTIN 197 114 17 10
TRAZODONE HCL 192 117 18 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 189 112 19 45
LEVETIRACETAM 186 121 20 67
METFORMIN HCL 170 126 21 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 170 146 21 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 98 23 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 73 23 24
BACLOFEN 155 36 25 107
NEXIUM 152 113 26 26
KLOR-CON M20 147 119 27 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 147 90 27 37
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 145 109 29 125
LANTUS 138 106 30 38
PAROXETINE HCL 130 85 31 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 107 32 42
DIGOXIN 123 105 33 61
DIOVAN 122 107 34 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 87 35 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 59 36 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 111 81 37 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 107 86 38 54
CLOPIDOGREL 107 89 38 33
SERTRALINE HCL 107 69 38 19
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 78 41 72
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 94 42 21
MIRTAZAPINE 103 78 43 28
PLAVIX 101 81 44 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 84 45 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 98 86 46 43
ATENOLOL 90 61 47 27
PROAIR HFA 90 63 47 68
CLONIDINE HCL 90 77 47 50
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 88 67 50 169
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 78 51 41
GLIPIZIDE 87 68 51 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 87 50 51 96
COMBIVENT 83 36 54 136
PROMETHAZINE HCL 83 54 R 54 98
CYMBALTA 82 36 56 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 72 57 73
AZITHROMYCIN 78 52 58 51
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 68 59 46
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 76 39 60 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 52 61 60
FAMOTIDINE 74 30 61 30
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 73 73 63 141
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 62 64 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 56 65 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 69 66 34
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 37 67 180
IBUPROFEN 68 33 67 180
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 52 69 18
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 39 69 115
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 33 S2 69 183
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 39 R 69 77
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 63 31 R 73 153
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 43 73 78
VOLTAREN 58 44 75 118
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 28 S2 75 84
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 29 77 106
NYSTOP 56 41 78 162
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 44 78 110
HYDROXYZINE HCL 55 49 R 80 132
ABILIFY 55 38 80 199
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 33 82 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 39 83 65
LACTULOSE 51 16 84 214
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 0 85 144
LIDODERM 50 46 85 74
SEROQUEL 50 29 85 82
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 March 9, 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.