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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,324Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 1456

$1.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 1456

529 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 20,172 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,078 993 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 775 668 2 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 616 555 3 19
CRESTOR 582 536 4 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 572 540 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 520 482 6 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 514 416 7 54
FUROSEMIDE 481 395 8 7
GABAPENTIN 464 371 9 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 438 300 S3 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 432 405 11 15
NEXIUM 423 363 12 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 401 333 13 16
KLOR-CON M20 353 299 14 51
GLIMEPIRIDE 307 285 15 33
ATENOLOL 300 260 16 18
CARVEDILOL 298 278 17 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 293 266 18 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 286 245 19 14
CLOPIDOGREL 283 257 20 32
LISINOPRIL 248 194 21 3
PLAVIX 244 226 22 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 222 23 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 236 223 24 21
ALLOPURINOL 214 187 25 31
DIGOXIN 206 206 26 62
FENOFIBRATE 203 188 27 56
CYMBALTA 199 161 28 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 194 181 29 43
KLOR-CON 10 192 179 30 96
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 183 176 31 95
ZETIA 180 133 32 71
EVISTA 173 170 33 113
MELOXICAM 168 148 34 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 158 131 35 22
MIRTAZAPINE 157 149 36 65
DIOVAN 157 157 36 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 128 38 11
CELEBREX 155 146 39 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 151 134 40 73
PRADAXA 146 146 41 251
DIOVAN HCT 146 129 41 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143 142 43 85
RAMIPRIL 138 123 44 98
PAROXETINE HCL 136 124 45 67
CARISOPRODOL 132 64 R 46 80
TRAMADOL HCL 130 101 47 17
NAMENDA 126 126 48 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 125 109 49 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 123 50 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 119 103 51 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 106 52 90
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 114 97 52 58
COLCRYS 114 98 52 122
CLONIDINE HCL 112 77 55 39
SERTRALINE HCL 112 76 55 25
METFORMIN HCL 112 64 55 8
SYNTHROID 110 80 58 37
ONGLYZA 108 100 59 202
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 94 60 9
PREDNISONE 105 95 61 42
BUMETANIDE 102 102 62 191
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 98 89 63 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 62 64 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 96 73 64 89
AZITHROMYCIN 94 78 66 44
BYSTOLIC 91 80 67 102
SPIRIVA 85 67 68 75
NAPROXEN 83 77 69 100
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 81 81 70 74
VYTORIN 81 71 70 175
KLOR-CON M10 80 76 72 140
DEXILANT 79 50 73 169
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 66 74 34
RANITIDINE HCL 77 75 75 27
LYRICA 77 67 75 91
WELCHOL 77 65 75 194
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 56 78 24
MECLIZINE HCL 74 49 79 101
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 49 79 64
TORSEMIDE 73 64 81 145
PROAIR HFA 72 32 82 69
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 70 65 83 265
PEN NEEDLE 69 40 84 131
BYETTA 69 52 84 281
CLONAZEPAM 68 64 86 264
JANUVIA 68 64 86 68
VESICARE 67 67 88 200
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 62 88 12
LANTUS 67 42 88 50
LUNESTA 66 53 91 276
TRICOR 66 27 91 92
EXELON 64 64 93 105
ACTOS 63 57 94 115
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 53 95 60
NIASPAN 61 43 96 127
TRAZODONE HCL 59 59 97 47
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 59 31 97 207
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 49 97 185
SUCRALFATE 58 53 100 171
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 38 101 36
AMITIZA 51 46 102 495
DICYCLOMINE HCL 50 39 103 239
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 Nov. 14, 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.