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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,085Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 36

$854K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 36

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

6% of this provider’s 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 408 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 12,489 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 552 471 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 515 463 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 422 362 3 5
LISINOPRIL 357 267 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 338 251 S3 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 313 255 6 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 276 248 7 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 274 229 8 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 265 234 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 203 10 9
RANITIDINE HCL 252 231 11 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249 209 12 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 246 246 13 12
OMEPRAZOLE 244 207 14 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL 241 220 15 29
GABAPENTIN 234 190 16 10
TRAMADOL HCL 229 196 17 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 214 178 18 16
LOVASTATIN 211 188 19 62
NAMENDA 188 178 20 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 185 176 21 21
FENOFIBRATE 180 143 22 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 169 149 23 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 152 24 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 127 25 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142 129 26 23
SERTRALINE HCL 138 124 27 19
SYNTHROID 136 124 28 68
FAMOTIDINE 136 110 28 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 104 30 24
CARVEDILOL 133 115 31 20
KLOR-CON M20 132 116 32 32
ALLOPURINOL 128 113 33 44
DIOVAN 121 119 34 40
CLONIDINE HCL 120 117 35 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 116 36 18
CRESTOR 117 77 37 36
INSULIN SYRINGE 114 88 38 72
GLIMEPIRIDE 113 113 39 46
LEVEMIR 112 61 40 99
NOVOLOG 110 71 41 64
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 101 42 42
DIOVAN HCT 94 67 43 128
JANUVIA 91 86 44 55
EXELON 90 90 45 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 90 83 45 78
TRAZODONE HCL 89 72 47 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 87 48 41
ATENOLOL 88 87 48 27
FENTANYL 87 51 S2 50 111
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 75 51 37
LANTUS 81 76 51 38
CLOPIDOGREL 79 71 53 33
FINASTERIDE 77 77 54 108
DILTIAZEM HCL 76 76 55 173
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 54 56 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 69 57 34
GLIPIZIDE 67 55 58 58
RAMIPRIL 66 66 59 96
BYSTOLIC 65 41 60 138
DIGOXIN 63 63 61 61
LIPITOR 63 46 61 100
EXFORGE HCT 63 53 61 185
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 53 64 86
PREDNISONE 62 52 64 59
AGGRENOX 62 46 64 188
NEXIUM 61 42 67 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 41 68 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 60 60 68 54
PRIMIDONE 60 38 68 190
SINGULAIR 59 49 71 101
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 49 71 90
TRICOR 57 36 73 113
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 57 73 84
NOVOLIN 70-30 54 33 75 159
PEN NEEDLE 54 30 75 154
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.