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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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42,843Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 1456

$2.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 1456

881 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 881 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 881 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 38,606 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 1,242 1,145 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,162 1,088 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,142 1,097 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,130 1,072 4 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,072 931 5 9
FLUOXETINE HCL 1,018 925 6 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 977 889 7 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 935 825 8 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 889 829 9 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 840 802 10 16
RANITIDINE HCL 781 699 11 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 756 724 12 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 710 607 S3 13 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 708 608 14 12
MIRTAZAPINE 695 631 15 65
FENTANYL 640 611 S2 16 114
SIMVASTATIN 631 562 17 2
HYDRALAZINE HCL 628 573 18 48
LISINOPRIL 534 477 19 3
TRAZODONE HCL 439 397 20 47
NEXIUM 422 375 21 23
OLANZAPINE 399 383 22 183
EXELON 393 393 23 105
DONEPEZIL HCL 390 390 24 29
CARVEDILOL 382 335 25 20
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 378 377 26 141
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 376 313 27 11
SPIRONOLACTONE 371 346 28 73
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 354 326 29 85
SINGULAIR 353 313 30 83
GABAPENTIN 350 306 31 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 348 318 32 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 343 294 33 43
DIOVAN 343 311 33 35
VOLTAREN 331 322 35 214
CLOPIDOGREL 326 287 36 32
CYMBALTA 321 286 37 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 313 249 38 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 301 264 39 41
EVISTA 282 276 40 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 275 233 41 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 263 238 42 74
NAMENDA 262 262 43 38
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 261 226 44 135
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 249 229 45 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 241 221 46 60
RISPERIDONE 234 197 47 72
LOVASTATIN 230 219 48 40
PLAVIX 220 203 49 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 204 50 10
TRAMADOL HCL 210 187 51 17
ALLOPURINOL 209 192 52 31
DIGOXIN 206 206 53 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 178 54 34
DILTIAZEM ER 198 183 55 147
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 198 195 55 234
MUPIROCIN 196 177 57 224
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 195 142 58 49
ATENOLOL 188 177 59 18
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 188 170 59 163
PREDNISONE 185 169 61 42
CRESTOR 183 142 62 26
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 176 142 63 204
FAMOTIDINE 173 164 64 45
BENICAR 173 168 64 130
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 165 110 66 303
LYRICA 164 132 67 91
ROPINIROLE HCL 163 146 68 90
BUSPIRONE HCL 161 154 69 151
CLONIDINE HCL 159 128 70 39
SPIRIVA 159 146 70 75
INSULIN SYRINGE 155 119 72 64
LANTUS 150 134 73 50
CEPHALEXIN 148 134 74 123
LEVETIRACETAM 147 121 75 97
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 141 134 76 227
ADVAIR DISKUS 137 136 77 63
ZOSTAVAX 134 120 78 187
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 133 123 79 126
AZITHROMYCIN 131 118 80 44
LEXAPRO 130 128 81 206
KETOCONAZOLE 129 117 82 241
CEFTRIAXONE 129 119 82 263
BENAZEPRIL HCL 124 122 84 57
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 124 124 84 178
SERTRALINE HCL 123 111 86 25
KLOR-CON M20 122 107 87 51
NOVOLOG 119 87 88 104
WELCHOL 117 117 89 194
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 116 109 90 184
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 109 91 58
DIOVAN HCT 108 95 92 59
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 107 100 93 136
SEROQUEL 106 101 94 154
LEVOFLOXACIN 105 99 95 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 104 86 96 61
COLCRYS 102 101 97 122
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 101 97 98 159
AMOXICILLIN 101 85 98 112
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 99 99 100 208
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 94 82 101 120
TAZTIA XT 90 81 10 102 434
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 85 67 103 108
ZYPREXA 84 79 104 402
LIPITOR 83 76 105 76
CALCITRIOL 83 65 105 221
SPS 82 79 107 400
RAMIPRIL 82 69 107 98
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 82 76 107 158
METOLAZONE 82 71 107 210
BUPROPION HCL SR 80 78 111 185
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 80 67 111 203
VERAPAMIL ER 78 71 113 82
BUMETANIDE 78 49 113 191
KLOR-CON 10 77 56 115 96
HUMALOG 76 41 116 196
LIDOCAINE HCL 75 67 117 329
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 75 75 117 207
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 61 119 125
SYMBICORT 73 50 119 157
ONDANSETRON HCL 72 31 121 319
METFORMIN HCL 72 54 121 8
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 72 68 121 129
LEVEMIR 71 56 124 161
LATANOPROST 71 71 124 275
MECLIZINE HCL 70 62 126 101
FINASTERIDE 70 70 126 110
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 58 128 116
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 56 128 128
LANSOPRAZOLE 68 56 128 137
BENICAR HCT 68 67 128 160
PROAIR HFA 67 54 132 69
MELOXICAM 67 55 132 30
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 65 57 134 118
ABILIFY 65 34 134 244
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 64 136 24
ZETIA 64 64 136 71
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 59 138 87
CEFUROXIME 63 62 138 138
XOPENEX 63 63 138 463
AGGRENOX 61 61 141 220
EXFORGE 61 61 141 211
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 61 141 167
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 59 R 144 164
JANUVIA 59 59 145 68
LOVAZA 58 47 146 162
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 50 146 95
TERAZOSIN HCL 58 58 146 142
SUCRALFATE 57 57 149 171
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 56 150 134
PRADAXA 56 56 150 251
ENABLEX 56 56 150 283
TAMIFLU 55 51 153 349
CARAFATE 55 55 153 321
NOVOLIN N 53 25 155 189
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 156 84
MEGESTROL ACETATE 51 49 R 157 179
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 43 158 81
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 44 R 158 77
PREMARIN 50 48 R 158 99
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 May 29, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.