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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,086Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 36

$597K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 36

564 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 564 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,732 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LISINOPRIL 582 474 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 554 485 2 1
TRAMADOL HCL 542 467 3 14
OMEPRAZOLE 538 465 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 530 474 5 2
GABAPENTIN 389 329 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 385 309 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 333 258 8 11
ATENOLOL 331 300 9 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 291 10 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 274 221 11 4
MELOXICAM 265 228 12 53
NEXIUM 257 198 13 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 199 14 15
GLIPIZIDE 223 197 15 58
KLOR-CON 10 222 207 16 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 195 17 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 210 168 18 66
TERAZOSIN HCL 208 169 19 84
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 200 181 20 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185 156 21 18
AZITHROMYCIN 166 115 22 51
CLOPIDOGREL 159 143 23 33
FAMOTIDINE 149 132 24 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 140 25 12
SERTRALINE HCL 134 93 26 19
GLIPIZIDE ER 131 110 27 110
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 130 73 28 94
TRAZODONE HCL 118 104 29 39
PLAVIX 113 102 30 52
ALLOPURINOL 112 111 31 44
NIFEDIPINE ER 111 106 32 104
KLOR-CON M10 111 97 32 103
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107 95 34 29
RANITIDINE HCL 106 89 35 25
CARVEDILOL 105 83 36 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 95 37 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 86 38 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 69 39 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 49 40 24
KLOR-CON M20 96 96 40 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 94 72 42 86
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 86 42 117
CRESTOR 93 86 44 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 76 44 46
DIOVAN 90 73 46 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 89 67 47 72
CLONIDINE HCL 86 54 48 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 65 49 21
GLIPIZIDE XL 84 82 50 136
NAPROXEN 84 69 50 79
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 72 R 52 77
NAMENDA 81 81 53 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 69 53 78
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 79 75 55 124
HYDROXYZINE HCL 75 73 R 56 132
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 75 63 56 125
VERAPAMIL ER 74 62 58 92
COLCRYS 73 73 59 149
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 44 60 43
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 51 61 63
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 57 S3 61 7
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 58 61 80
PREDNISONE 68 66 64 59
LANTUS 62 41 65 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 55 65 49
SYNTHROID 62 55 65 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 59 68 42
METHYLDOPA 60 49 R 68 190
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 41 70 35
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 56 41 R 71 197
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 35 72 45
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 55 51 R 72 199
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 52 72 129
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 75 128
MECLIZINE HCL 53 50 76 150
PROAIR HFA 53 35 76 68
COMBIVENT 52 22 78 136
HUMULIN N 51 41 79 214
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 50 80 34
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 Nov. 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.