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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 19

$393K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 19

265 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 265 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 265 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,693 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 39.


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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 353 279 1 3
LISINOPRIL 285 218 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 284 211 3 7
CRESTOR 244 180 4 71
RANITIDINE HCL 198 138 5 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 193 154 6 50
FENOFIBRATE 181 122 7 108
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 128 8 54
ATENOLOL 161 138 9 36
TRAMADOL HCL 152 96 10 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 93 11 34
NAPROXEN 122 80 12 120
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 114 75 13 4
METFORMIN HCL 114 72 13 26
GABAPENTIN 109 52 15 12
NEXIUM 102 80 16 37
TERAZOSIN HCL 99 97 17 207
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 54 18 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 49 19 45
DIOVAN HCT 83 72 20 99
FUROSEMIDE 80 54 21 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 78 21 35
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 79 66 R 23 183
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 76 54 24 13
HYDROCORTISONE 65 43 25 180
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 57 R 26 109
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 62 40 27 229
IBUPROFEN 60 38 28 145
CARVEDILOL 60 48 28 23
PLAVIX 58 55 30 39
AMOXICILLIN 54 33 31 128
SERTRALINE HCL 50 31 32 25
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.