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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,481Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 211

$390K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 211

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

2% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

47% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 39%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$31 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $42 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,118 614 228 S3 1 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 448 331 90 2 18
FUROSEMIDE 357 260 93 3 9
CEPHALEXIN 326 226 165 4 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 311 178 72 5 16
FAMOTIDINE* 304 196 74 6 11
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 298 218 43 10 7 46
LISINOPRIL 269 168 44 8 7
ROPINIROLE HCL 254 208 58 9 55
MELOXICAM 230 162 72 10 22
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 225 154 38 R 11 59
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 223 157 26 12 3
OMEPRAZOLE 193 157 47 13 2
SIMVASTATIN 186 150 28 14 8
ALPRAZOLAM 168 114 53 B 15 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 124 28 16 14
MECLIZINE HCL 163 149 56 17 57
NEXIUM 158 132 29 18 23
NIFEDIPINE ER 149 103 26 19 74
AZITHROMYCIN 147 93 102 20 58
TRAMADOL HCL 146 103 64 21 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 140 94 25 22 5
NAPROXEN 136 98 53 23 63
CLONIDINE HCL 136 111 32 23 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 134 134 20 25 34
SERTRALINE HCL 125 120* 21 26 29
SULINDAC 122 90 48 27 89
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 119 114* 36 28 52
ATENOLOL 111 71 16 29 32
CELEBREX 111 84 17 29 70
PROMETHAZINE HCL 109 55 47 R 31 26
ALLOPURINOL 104 90 22 32 20
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 104 73 22 32 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 102 97* 16 34 48
TIZANIDINE HCL 98 50 40 35 49
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 97 53 41 R 10 36 101
GABAPENTIN 95 90* 24 37 15
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 75 14 38 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 92 38 26 R 39 104
METHOCARBAMOL 90 45 52 R 40 106
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 88 11 41 27
PREDNISONE 80 63 44 42 110
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 75 55 58 43 76
DICYCLOMINE HCL 72 51 37 44 73
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 53 13 44 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 57 12 46 68
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 51 54 47 39
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 67 47 49 48 123
RISPERIDONE 67 62* 15 A 48 42
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 66 50 18 R 50 124
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 64 48 30 51 128
CLOPIDOGREL 62 57* 12 52 12
NAMENDA 62 62 11 52 43
CARVEDILOL 60 <11 <11 54 44
KLOR-CON M20 56 28 16 55 79
DESOXIMETASONE 55 50* 24 56 87
METFORMIN HCL 55 44 12 56 21
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 55 36 35 56 145
VENTOLIN HFA 55 43 21 56 145
PROAIR HFA 54 38 21 60 148
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 Oct. 6, 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.