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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Anesthesiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,170Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 41

$402K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 41

580 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58% Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

29% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 43%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

54% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 35%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,437 724 278 S3 1 1
TRAMADOL HCL 419 276 109 2 8
GABAPENTIN 411 279 94 3 2
TIZANIDINE HCL 271 90 85 4 6
NUCYNTA ER 227 135 37 S2 10 5 29
BUTRANS 208 97 63 S3 10 6 33
CYMBALTA 201 131 43 7 18
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 160 39 35 S2 8 5
FENTANYL 155 105 26 S2 9 7
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 88 25 S2 10 12
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 145 92 40 11 36
NUCYNTA 136 57 35 S2 10 12 40
LIDODERM 110 80 43 13 24
LYRICA 96 42 23 14 16
OXYCODONE HCL 93 54 18 S2 15 4
VOLTAREN 87 56 43 16 31
MORPHINE SULFATE 84 38 20 S2 17 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 27 17 R 18 10
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 47 13 S2 19 3
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 42 34 20 50
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 April 18, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.