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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,641Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 211

$695K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 211

635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

4% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 39%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $42 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 497 428 96 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 496 482 89 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 467 448 51 3 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 459 421 119 S3 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 364 334 64 5 28
OMEPRAZOLE 333 312 63 6 2
LISINOPRIL 330 305 83 7 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 275 275 33 8 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 226 57 9 14
GABAPENTIN 233 205 34 10 15
SIMVASTATIN 208 191 61 11 8
NAMENDA 195 195 14 12 43
CARVEDILOL 194 189* 25 13 44
TRAZODONE HCL 175 159 48 14 33
CYMBALTA 171 141 11 15 54
ATENOLOL 167 148 43 16 32
TRAMADOL HCL 137 123 44 17 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 130 125* 20 18 27
KLOR-CON M10 128 <11 <11 19 86
CLOPIDOGREL 128 123* 19 19 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 124 119* 20 21 88
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 124 111 24 21 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 114* 23 23 48
CRESTOR 116 111* 31 24 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 116 <11 <11 24 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 93 25 26 94
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 102 97* 20 27 99
METFORMIN HCL 102 80 29 27 21
MELOXICAM 94 89* 22 29 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 75 32 30 47
NEXIUM 87 73 19 31 23
KLOR-CON M20 84 79* 16 32 79
LACTULOSE 84 <11 <11 32 108
SERTRALINE HCL 82 77* 23 34 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 68 23 35 74
MIRTAZAPINE 77 <11 <11 36 71
CLONIDINE HCL 75 59 15 37 31
CEFUROXIME 70 65* 52 38 117
ALLOPURINOL 70 65* 18 38 20
DIOVAN 69 64* 12 40 119
SYNTHROID 68 63* 21 41 120
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 15 42 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 61* 12 42 37
RISPERIDONE 65 <11 <11 A 44 42
PREMARIN 65 52 13 R 44 126
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 <11 <11 A 46 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 <11 <11 46 130
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 63 63 12 46 72
CELEBREX 60 60 11 49 70
INDOMETHACIN 59 <11 <11 R 50 134
PAROXETINE HCL 58 53* 12 51 92
DIGOX 57 <11 <11 52 139
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 <11 <11 52 139
RANITIDINE HCL 56 51* 17 54 24
ESTRADIOL 56 56 14 R 54 142
SUCRALFATE 54 <11 <11 56 41
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 54 <11 <11 56 148
JANUVIA 54 <11 <11 56 148
FENTANYL 54 <11 <11 S2 56 148
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 38 16 56 91
COLCRYS 53 <11 <11 61 152
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 47* 12 62 83
FENOFIBRATE* 52 52 15 62 154
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 <11 <11 64 84
CEPHALEXIN 51 46* 36 64 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 45* 14 66 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 45* 25 66 82
ZETIA 50 36 12 66 157
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 Nov. 25, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.