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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,166Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 1456

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 94 out of 1456

765 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 765 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 765 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,452 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

30 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
SIMVASTATIN 769 672 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 760 649 2 4
LISINOPRIL 726 596 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 635 458 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 599 490 5 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 574 440 6 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 548 440 S3 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 505 380 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 473 420 9 1
NEXIUM 412 306 10 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 392 324 11 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 377 316 12 15
RANITIDINE HCL 368 243 13 27
MELOXICAM 328 238 14 30
ATENOLOL 308 275 15 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 308 254 15 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 265 17 11
PREDNISONE 292 219 18 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 264 164 19 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 255 190 20 24
CARVEDILOL 238 176 21 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 233 204 22 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 228 196 23 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 211 176 24 58
GABAPENTIN 198 169 25 13
GLIPIZIDE 196 146 26 53
CLOPIDOGREL 194 168 27 32
LANTUS 188 147 28 50
CRESTOR 184 147 29 26
SERTRALINE HCL 184 151 29 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 183 136 31 28
ALLOPURINOL 182 168 32 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 173 160 33 22
DIOVAN HCT 170 146 34 59
GEMFIBROZIL 170 126 34 117
FAMOTIDINE 169 133 36 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 134 37 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 163 138 38 49
KLOR-CON M20 160 120 39 51
MECLIZINE HCL 155 99 40 101
PLAVIX 154 135 41 46
SYNTHROID 154 138 41 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 153 143 43 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 149 135 44 74
CLONIDINE HCL 144 104 45 39
TRAZODONE HCL 142 115 46 47
ZETIA 141 88 47 71
INSULIN SYRINGE 131 107 48 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 127 99 49 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 84 50 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 101 51 90
FENTANYL 108 102 S2 52 114
CHLORTHALIDONE 108 83 52 152
TRAMADOL HCL 102 72 54 17
DIOVAN 102 78 54 35
LIPITOR 101 92 56 76
FLUOXETINE HCL 98 60 57 55
PROAIR HFA 98 44 57 69
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 97 66 R 59 70
RISPERIDONE 95 74 60 72
DIGOXIN 95 71 60 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 85 62 16
PREMARIN 93 89 R 62 99
NAMENDA 90 80 64 38
CELEBREX 89 85 65 88
SINGULAIR 89 74 65 83
GLYBURIDE 88 60 R 67 94
NIFEDIPINE ER 86 86 68 81
COMBIVENT 86 75 68 110
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 61 R 68 77
NIASPAN 85 64 71 127
PAROXETINE HCL 85 53 71 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 79 73 63
RAMIPRIL 80 80 74 98
BENAZEPRIL HCL 78 56 75 57
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 77 50 76 238
BYSTOLIC 77 76 76 102
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 75 78 141
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 74 79 36
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 43 80 89
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 57 81 85
ESTRADIOL 70 50 R 81 153
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 56 83 43
FLUCONAZOLE 65 47 84 148
LOVASTATIN 65 59 84 40
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 63 43 86 167
CYMBALTA 63 46 86 52
ACTOS 61 49 88 115
LYRICA 61 33 88 91
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 60 49 R 90 119
IBUPROFEN 59 45 91 103
SYMBICORT 59 16 91 157
AMOXICILLIN 58 47 93 112
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 40 93 95
JANUVIA 57 35 95 68
TOPIRAMATE 56 35 96 196
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 51 96 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 45 R 98 66
SPIRIVA 54 45 99 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 52 99 61
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 39 101 135
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 48 102 163
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 42 102 156
COLCRYS 50 44 104 122
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 Oct. 29, 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.