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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,473Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 203 out of 1677

$849K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 105 out of 1677

444 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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 444 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 444 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,205 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 388 344 1 6
ZETIA 378 356 2 75
SIMVASTATIN 373 345 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 359 287 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 356 342 5 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 302 271 6 13
LISINOPRIL 284 277 7 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 275 241 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 235 222 9 8
DIOVAN 196 195 10 45
NIASPAN 179 159 11 128
CARVEDILOL 177 176 12 20
PREDNISONE 177 168 12 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 148 14 10
GABAPENTIN 158 145 15 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 135 16 15
NIFEDIPINE ER 136 135 17 98
METFORMIN HCL 131 108 18 7
SYNTHROID 131 131 18 55
TRAMADOL HCL 123 113 20 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 108 21 14
PROPRANOLOL HCL 111 100 22 154
MELOXICAM 111 107 22 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 103 24 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 25 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 83 S3 26 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 99 27 25
TRAZODONE HCL 96 90 28 37
VOLTAREN 95 85 29 223
EVISTA 95 95 29 162
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 88 31 49
IBUPROFEN 93 76 32 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 89 33 34
NEXIUM 92 61 33 19
VYTORIN 90 73 35 192
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 87 36 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 76 37 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 85 70 37 51
NAMENDA 82 82 39 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 64 R 40 63
FENOFIBRATE 81 68 40 48
CRESTOR 80 68 42 28
ALLOPURINOL 80 77 42 31
ESTRADIOL 78 56 R 44 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 65 45 54
RANITIDINE HCL 75 67 45 18
MECLIZINE HCL 73 72 47 110
BUPROPION XL 72 66 48 165
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 72 72 48 221
LYRICA 68 59 50 81
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 64 51 46
RAMIPRIL 60 48 52 118
CELEBREX 60 50 52 102
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 41 54 22
LORAZEPAM 58 58 55 239
SERTRALINE HCL 58 46 55 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 57 57 92
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 52 58 120
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 55 41 59 12
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 52 60 96
DIOVAN HCT 54 41 60 66
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 48 R 62 52
ALPRAZOLAM 51 35 63 153
ONGLYZA 51 48 63 208
MICARDIS 51 51 63 330
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 Feb. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.