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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,565Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 174 out of 1677

$729K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 159 out of 1677

495 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 495 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,620 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 728 540 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 535 463 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 529 451 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 463 395 4 6
LISINOPRIL 439 333 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 410 293 S3 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 357 214 7 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 304 270 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 249 198 9 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 221 205 10 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 166 11 13
TRAMADOL HCL 200 114 12 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 199 152 13 15
FUROSEMIDE 181 138 14 8
NEXIUM 172 156 15 19
FENOFIBRATE 164 130 16 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 153 17 23
SPIRIVA 144 120 18 74
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 141 140 19 59
CRESTOR 138 112 20 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 132 21 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 103 22 14
ATENOLOL 128 108 23 21
RANITIDINE HCL 124 92 24 18
TRICOR 115 63 25 100
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 112 93 R 26 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 88 26 24
AZITHROMYCIN 111 83 28 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 109 95 29 54
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 71 30 46
GABAPENTIN 103 94 31 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 76 32 84
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 81 33 17
SYNTHROID 97 90 34 55
PREDNISONE 96 69 35 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 63 36 29
ALLOPURINOL 95 68 36 31
BENAZEPRIL HCL 94 69 38 53
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 93 45 R 39 52
CLONIDINE HCL 88 88 40 36
GLIPIZIDE ER 85 72 41 78
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 63 41 42
KLOR-CON M20 84 55 43 65
ZETIA 82 82 44 75
JANUVIA 82 60 44 70
CARVEDILOL 80 80 46 20
MELOXICAM 79 69 47 27
CLOPIDOGREL 77 61 48 32
NAMENDA 76 76 49 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 65 49 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 51 51 79
PROAIR HFA 72 24 52 50
RISPERIDONE 71 59 53 60
DIOVAN HCT 68 55 54 66
COMBIVENT 68 68 54 105
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 49 56 43
SERTRALINE HCL 66 46 56 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 55 58 57
LIPITOR 62 61 59 101
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 60 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 56 61 10
PLAVIX 59 49 62 47
CYMBALTA 59 51 62 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 50 62 73
FAMOTIDINE 59 49 62 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 33 66 33
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 48 67 92
GLIPIZIDE 53 47 68 56
SINGULAIR 51 34 69 97
PAROXETINE HCL 50 31 70 67
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. 22, 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.