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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,535Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 1456

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 1456

604 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 604 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 604 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 16,994 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 935 701 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 870 677 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 784 528 3 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 699 536 4 1
MELOXICAM 693 487 5 30
LISINOPRIL 672 495 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 662 340 S3 7 6
RANITIDINE HCL 661 368 8 27
OMEPRAZOLE 625 417 9 5
FUROSEMIDE 466 306 10 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 444 292 11 24
FENOFIBRATE 411 249 12 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 402 251 13 11
GABAPENTIN 392 205 14 13
NEXIUM 391 248 15 23
CARVEDILOL 354 243 16 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 348 184 17 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 319 221 18 15
METFORMIN HCL 303 219 19 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 297 256 20 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 295 182 21 90
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 285 241 22 9
CLOPIDOGREL 270 195 23 32
TRAMADOL HCL 267 134 24 17
PLAVIX 254 177 25 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 252 153 26 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238 197 27 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 236 143 28 28
SUCRALFATE 233 124 29 171
CEPHALEXIN 230 166 30 123
GLIMEPIRIDE 220 156 31 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 104 32 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 203 173 33 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 192 133 34 34
CRESTOR 192 124 34 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 136 36 10
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 185 113 37 95
SPIRIVA 179 102 38 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 178 122 39 43
CLONIDINE HCL 166 139 40 39
LANTUS 164 129 41 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 152 105 42 58
ATENOLOL 151 83 43 18
CYMBALTA 148 94 44 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 148 133 44 81
SERTRALINE HCL 146 50 46 25
TRAZODONE HCL 145 71 47 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 145 109 47 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 127 49 29
SINGULAIR 138 82 50 83
ZETIA 135 113 51 71
FINASTERIDE 133 97 52 110
DIGOXIN 130 129 53 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 129 71 54 89
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 125 41 R 55 66
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 61 56 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 121 96 57 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 119 106 58 126
PREDNISONE 110 72 59 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 74 60 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106 56 61 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 84 61 64
PROAIR HFA 105 56 63 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 74 64 74
KLOR-CON M10 102 100 65 140
LIPITOR 101 60 66 76
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 99 89 67 159
LANSOPRAZOLE 99 75 67 137
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 98 52 69 135
TOPIRAMATE 98 13 69 196
NAMENDA 96 90 71 38
SYNTHROID 93 83 72 37
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 90 53 73 107
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 89 48 R 74 119
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 89 22 S2 74 173
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 83 61 76 141
ALLOPURINOL 83 60 76 31
FELODIPINE ER 81 46 78 150
DILTIAZEM ER 81 57 78 147
TRICOR 75 38 80 92
PREMARIN 75 29 R 80 99
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 69 82 93
LYRICA 72 36 83 91
TIZANIDINE HCL 71 20 84 116
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 47 85 151
LEXAPRO 69 60 85 206
MUPIROCIN 68 39 87 224
FLUCONAZOLE 68 38 87 148
ENDOCET 67 23 S2 89 146
KLOR-CON 10 67 37 89 96
DIOVAN 67 65 89 35
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 67 26 89 125
CARISOPRODOL 66 0 R 93 80
VESICARE 65 47 94 200
VYTORIN 65 65 94 175
VENTOLIN HFA 64 35 96 121
BUPROPION HCL SR 64 19 96 185
JANUMET 64 38 96 176
JANUVIA 64 58 96 68
LEVETIRACETAM 64 49 96 97
AMIODARONE HCL 63 49 101 228
GLIPIZIDE 60 36 102 53
AGGRENOX 60 40 102 220
ESTRADIOL 59 28 R 104 153
TORSEMIDE 59 56 104 145
SYMBICORT 57 46 106 157
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 14 S2 107 132
AZITHROMYCIN 56 36 107 44
SEROQUEL 53 36 109 154
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 33 110 79
NASONEX 51 29 110 246
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 44 110 57
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 Sept. 25, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.