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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,295Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 101 out of 1456

$929K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 134 out of 1456

822 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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

1% of this provider’s 822 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 822 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 17,306 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 698 630 1 1
LISINOPRIL 670 619 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 616 561 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 526 490 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 524 454 S3 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 499 461 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 428 404 7 7
GABAPENTIN 378 338 8 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 374 330 9 10
DIOVAN 372 341 10 35
METFORMIN HCL 360 322 11 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 350 310 12 16
NAMENDA 323 320 13 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 316 292 14 11
ALLOPURINOL 313 289 15 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 264 16 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 285 266 17 19
SERTRALINE HCL 285 251 17 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 277 247 19 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 274 266 20 9
LOVASTATIN 233 200 21 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 230 206 22 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 230 230 22 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 207 200 24 87
FINASTERIDE 200 200 25 110
NEXIUM 195 169 26 23
CLOPIDOGREL 193 193 27 32
MELOXICAM 190 180 28 30
PREDNISONE 184 169 29 42
PLAVIX 169 169 30 46
AZITHROMYCIN 153 139 31 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 153 128 31 57
TRAMADOL HCL 151 128 33 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 143 34 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 139 128 35 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 126 36 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 134 37 21
CYMBALTA 134 104 38 52
TRAZODONE HCL 132 97 39 47
AMOXICILLIN 129 114 40 112
CRESTOR 126 107 41 26
PAROXETINE HCL 126 101 41 67
ATENOLOL 126 122 41 18
CEFUROXIME 122 96 44 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 110 44 43
DIOVAN HCT 114 110 46 59
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 91 46 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 113 110 48 61
SYNTHROID 110 97 49 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 110 107 49 85
KLOR-CON M20 106 102 51 51
LEVOFLOXACIN 96 89 52 79
LANTUS 95 82 53 50
MIRTAZAPINE 91 91 54 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 73 54 41
GLIPIZIDE 90 79 56 53
DIGOXIN 89 89 57 62
FLUCONAZOLE 83 51 58 148
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 65 59 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 72 59 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 65 59 90
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 55 62 89
MECLIZINE HCL 76 68 62 101
BYSTOLIC 76 75 62 102
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 62 65 73
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 75 74 R 65 119
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 64 65 120
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 63 65 36
LIPITOR 74 62 69 76
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 49 R 69 66
CARVEDILOL 73 73 71 20
ESTRADIOL 73 57 R 71 153
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 67 73 64
LORAZEPAM 71 58 74 236
PRADAXA 70 70 75 251
RISPERIDONE 70 69 75 72
RANITIDINE HCL 67 53 77 27
GLIPIZIDE ER 67 51 77 86
CELEBREX 67 65 77 88
GLIPIZIDE XL 65 50 80 134
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 63 80 49
PREMARIN 61 60 R 82 99
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 60 83 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 42 83 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 56 83 74
JANUVIA 59 58 86 68
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 59 86 137
PEN NEEDLE 55 36 88 131
IBUPROFEN 54 50 89 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 53 90 167
RAMIPRIL 53 53 90 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 42 92 24
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 Dec. 17, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.