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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,999Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 195 out of 1456

$704K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 263 out of 1456

540 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

11% of this provider’s 540 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 540 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 11,750 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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

28 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 551 444 1 2
LISINOPRIL 463 365 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 355 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 389 296 4 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 385 356 5 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 370 306 6 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 340 267 S3 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 326 231 8 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 326 257 8 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 321 269 10 12
NAMENDA 303 270 11 38
METFORMIN HCL 256 226 12 8
TRAMADOL HCL 227 164 13 17
GABAPENTIN 225 158 14 13
CARVEDILOL 203 164 15 20
TRAZODONE HCL 197 174 16 47
FAMOTIDINE 193 144 17 45
LEVETIRACETAM 188 148 18 97
MIRTAZAPINE 176 145 19 65
ATENOLOL 168 150 20 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 125 21 14
KLOR-CON M20 155 129 22 51
RANITIDINE HCL 152 128 23 27
LANTUS 152 133 23 50
SERTRALINE HCL 152 124 23 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 102 26 10
PAROXETINE HCL 139 98 26 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 99 28 21
DIGOXIN 132 111 29 62
CLOPIDOGREL 129 107 30 32
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 127 106 R 31 119
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 119 71 32 128
GLIPIZIDE 119 116 32 53
CLONIDINE HCL 117 89 34 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 113 34 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 116 72 36 108
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 94 37 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 71 38 78
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 57 39 19
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 93 40 84
HYDRALAZINE HCL 106 75 41 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 63 42 24
RISPERIDONE 98 64 43 72
EXELON 94 83 44 105
NOVOLIN R 94 81 44 133
AZITHROMYCIN 91 76 46 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 80 47 16
ALLOPURINOL 85 74 47 31
PLAVIX 81 72 49 46
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 50 50 177
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 24 51 55
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 59 52 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 71 52 34
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 61 R 54 77
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 42 S2 55 109
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 40 56 280
NEXIUM 60 38 57 23
VALPROIC ACID 60 60 57 230
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 44 57 107
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 59 60 167
DIOVAN 59 49 60 35
PREDNISONE 58 35 62 42
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 45 63 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 32 64 227
LOVASTATIN 54 54 65 40
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 33 65 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 53 65 9
MELOXICAM 53 42 68 30
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 52 68 125
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 48 68 79
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 47 71 95
IBUPROFEN 51 47 71 103
LABETALOL HCL 50 26 73 180
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 48 73 139
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.