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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,739Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 1456

$786K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 215 out of 1456

236 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

14% of this provider’s 236 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 236 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 14,023 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

71 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,282 1,004 S3 1 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 440 385 2 12
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 428 399 3 184
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 417 384 4 136
FUROSEMIDE 416 391 5 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 413 395 6 21
SIMVASTATIN 346 294 7 2
GABAPENTIN 340 256 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 332 284 9 1
LIDODERM 331 293 10 166
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 329 273 11 4
RISPERIDONE 328 288 12 72
OMEPRAZOLE 303 275 13 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 302 269 14 85
KLOR-CON M20 270 243 15 51
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 257 207 16 125
FAMOTIDINE 253 209 17 45
LISINOPRIL 251 218 18 3
LANTUS 251 200 18 50
NAMENDA 231 217 20 38
CYMBALTA 229 175 21 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 228 205 22 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 149 23 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 198 185 24 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 171 160 25 48
SERTRALINE HCL 169 161 26 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 165 134 27 108
TRAMADOL HCL 163 162 28 17
FENTANYL 159 118 S2 29 114
LYRICA 144 143 30 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137 114 31 43
LACTULOSE 136 111 32 192
NEXIUM 128 99 33 23
CARVEDILOL 123 114 34 20
LEVETIRACETAM 121 65 35 97
NOVOLOG 117 90 36 104
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 87 37 15
BACLOFEN 108 66 38 168
METFORMIN HCL 106 63 39 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 87 40 19
MIRTAZAPINE 98 96 41 65
SANTYL 95 71 42 226
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 95 89 42 158
PLAVIX 93 89 44 46
CLOPIDOGREL 89 82 45 32
MUPIROCIN 89 83 45 224
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 61 45 89
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 64 S2 48 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 82 49 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 55 50 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 69 51 58
GLIPIZIDE 77 77 51 53
LIDOCAINE HCL 75 66 53 329
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 59 54 36
TRANSDERM-SCOP 68 68 54 348
SPIRIVA 66 66 56 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 37 56 34
CEFTRIAXONE 66 57 56 263
CRESTOR 64 58 59 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 45 R 59 66
CHOLESTYRAMINE 64 46 59 352
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 20 62 128
PHENYTOIN 61 44 62 253
ADVAIR HFA 60 51 64 274
ABILIFY 60 48 64 244
CLONIDINE 59 44 66 328
KLOR-CON 10 57 50 67 96
OXYCODONE HCL 56 55 S2 68 124
NASONEX 55 44 69 246
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.