Prescriber Checkup

Prescriber Checkup

The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

9,254Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 41

$505K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 41

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

91% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

37 of this provider’s 212 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

More resources »

Antibiotics

38% of this provider’s 265 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

More resources »

Risky Drugs for Seniors

17% of this provider’s 212 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

More resources »

Opioids

25% of this provider’s 265 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

More resources »

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$140K

2012

$290K

2013

$440K

2014

$505K

2015

Number of Claims

2,165

2012

5,234

2013

8,245

2014

9,254

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


O

An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

371

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

70

patients, 26% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

359

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

65

patients, 25% of all patients

2 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

331

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

46

patients, 17% of all patients

3 26
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

45

patients, 17% of all patients

4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

250

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

5 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

249

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

40

patients, 15% of all patients

6 12
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

242

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

44

patients, 17% of all patients

7 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

37

patients, 14% of all patients

8 9
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

9 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

32

patients, 12% of all patients

10 2
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

P 11 31
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

39

patients, 15% of all patients

12 20
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

13 6
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

14 7
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

31

patients, 12% of all patients

15 22
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

16 30
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

P 17 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

28

patients, 11% of all patients

18 27
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

32

patients, 12% of all patients

O 19 14
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

20 99
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

21 83
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

22 18
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

23 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

24 40
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

25 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

26 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

O 27 19
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

28 142
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

29 28
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

30 29
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

31 67
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

32 52
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

33 62
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

34 35
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

35 5
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

35 10
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 37 79
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

38 59
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 39 50
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 39 39
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL

The combination of albutero... +

The combination of albuterol and ipratropium is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

41 111
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 42 219
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

41

patients, 15% of all patients

A 43 103
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to checkup@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to checkup@propublica.org.

Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 28, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.