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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,264Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 439

$198K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 175 out of 439

296 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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

4% of this provider’s 296 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,420 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 318 271 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 281 239 2 2
LISINOPRIL 256 233 3 4
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 238 195 4 112
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 209 5 18
TRAMADOL HCL 172 124 6 21
FUROSEMIDE 167 148 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 157 148 8 162
NIFEDIPINE ER 136 113 9 83
METFORMIN HCL 133 112 10 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 122 95 11 9
ALLOPURINOL 122 93 11 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 112 100 13 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 110 108 14 11
KLOR-CON M20 97 88 15 77
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 82 16 10
CARVEDILOL 83 75 17 8
GABAPENTIN 82 60 18 7
RANITIDINE HCL 81 66 19 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 77 73 20 30
CLONIDINE HCL 74 72 21 47
ATENOLOL 71 53 22 24
OMEPRAZOLE 62 56 23 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 39 24 63
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 25 120
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 52 25 189
NEXIUM 51 46 27 32
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.