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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,195Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 183

$389K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 183

479 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

3% of this provider’s 479 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

46% of this provider’s 479 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 41%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 8,491 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $41 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,186 634 S3 1 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 450 339 2 13
CEPHALEXIN 359 221 3 20
FUROSEMIDE 358 238 4 12
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 331 224 10 5 39
MELOXICAM 302 205 6 25
FAMOTIDINE 289 209 7 9
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 269 183 R 8 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 238 141 9 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 219 200 10 58
SIMVASTATIN 204 142 11 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 192 131 12 3
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 179 102 R 10 13 62
AZITHROMYCIN 173 101 14 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 112 15 11
PROMETHAZINE HCL 162 91 R 16 15
LISINOPRIL 161 96 17 7
MECLIZINE HCL 157 143 18 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157 111 18 6
NEXIUM 156 136 20 16
TIZANIDINE HCL 155 95 21 41
OMEPRAZOLE 150 116 22 2
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 148 133 23 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 145 24 34
SERTRALINE HCL 135 129 25 27
CLONIDINE HCL 125 102 26 30
ALLOPURINOL 121 93 27 21
GABAPENTIN 117 95 28 10
CELEBREX 105 90 29 63
METHOCARBAMOL 104 48 R 30 87
NIFEDIPINE ER 104 76 30 87
RISPERIDONE 101 89 32 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 64 33 45
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 90 76 34 92
SULINDAC 86 60 35 96
TRAMADOL HCL 86 61 35 24
DIOVAN HCT 86 52 35 72
NAMENDA 83 83 38 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80 77 39 19
HYDROXYZINE HCL 80 36 R 39 101
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 50 41 77
NAPROXEN 74 44 42 75
ATENOLOL 73 27 43 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 58 44 28
DESOXIMETASONE 67 59 45 72
PREDNISONE 64 54 46 112
DIGOXIN 63 46 47 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 34 47 40
VENTOLIN HFA 60 46 49 118
RANITIDINE HCL 59 49 50 18
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 59 48 50 120
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 29 52 123
PREMARIN 57 32 R 53 68
CARVEDILOL 54 27 54 42
DIOVAN 53 31 55 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 56 136
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 47 56 136
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 38 58 140
METFORMIN HCL 50 32 58 17
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 Oct. 6, 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.