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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,654Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 451

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 451

493 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$196 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Georgia
NAMENDA 697 677 147 1 25
EXELON 489 484* 97 2 99
RIVASTIGMINE 219 214* 46 3 209
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 191 186* 37 4 70
LEVETIRACETAM 183 145 41 5 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 173 96 39 R 6 85
GABAPENTIN 152 117 44 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 56 30 S3 8 1
TOPIRAMATE 136 40 23 9 69
PROPRANOLOL HCL 125 103 33 10 173
TRAZODONE HCL 112 91 26 11 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 83 21 12 39
AZILECT 93 93 19 13 225
CYMBALTA 93 60 16 13 51
NAMENDA XR 92 92 39 15 287
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 80 18 15 76
PRIMIDONE 92 92 18 15 92
SERTRALINE HCL 91 86* 25 18 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 64 21 19 94
BUPROPION XL 86 62 21 19 134
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 85 18 20 21 227
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84 51 21 22 18
LORAZEPAM 77 40 27 B 23 58
CLONAZEPAM 76 35 17 B 24 29
LYRICA 70 54 13 25 80
AGGRENOX 60 60 12 26 295
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 <11 <11 27 205
GALANTAMINE HBR 58 53* 13 27 261
IMIPRAMINE HCL 57 46 14 R 29 346
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 <11 <11 30 87
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 49* 11 A 31 34
ABILIFY 53 <11 <11 A 32 162
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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.