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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 1456

$2.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 1456

943 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

9% of this provider’s 943 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

43% of this provider’s 943 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 30,213 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 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 3,427 2,184 S3 1 6
LISINOPRIL 1,602 1,017 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,515 1,153 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,512 1,076 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 1,504 999 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,271 932 6 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,083 751 7 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,038 809 8 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 846 562 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 836 629 10 12
METFORMIN HCL 827 526 11 8
GABAPENTIN 731 438 12 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 673 293 13 14
RANITIDINE HCL 609 350 14 27
CARVEDILOL 607 339 15 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 564 442 16 21
NEXIUM 557 315 17 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 551 322 18 22
FAMOTIDINE 501 372 19 45
CLONIDINE HCL 493 276 20 39
CLOPIDOGREL 444 335 21 32
TRAMADOL HCL 432 249 22 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 424 290 23 11
RISPERIDONE 422 339 24 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 413 300 25 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 391 264 26 33
CRESTOR 384 236 27 26
PROAIR HFA 380 169 28 69
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 380 309 28 60
NAMENDA 371 371 30 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 342 336 31 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 339 247 32 48
CYMBALTA 305 143 33 52
SERTRALINE HCL 289 218 34 25
CARISOPRODOL 289 107 R 34 80
PLAVIX 287 217 36 46
ATENOLOL 281 166 37 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 279 183 38 74
DIOVAN 278 240 39 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 261 156 40 85
TRAZODONE HCL 260 112 41 47
METFORMIN HCL ER 260 165 41 54
MELOXICAM 246 103 43 30
ALLOPURINOL 244 156 44 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 243 170 45 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 241 157 46 28
SPIRIVA 237 124 47 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 235 172 48 63
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 153 49 10
LANTUS 213 169 50 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 142 51 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 210 136 52 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 209 89 R 53 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 208 173 54 16
PROMETHAZINE HCL 207 131 R 55 77
SYMBICORT 206 116 56 157
FLUOXETINE HCL 202 98 57 55
TIZANIDINE HCL 189 90 58 116
LYRICA 179 136 59 91
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 172 124 60 156
BENAZEPRIL HCL 167 109 61 57
EXELON 163 163 62 105
DIGOXIN 156 99 63 62
VENTOLIN HFA 155 85 64 121
SINGULAIR 149 109 65 83
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 145 92 R 66 70
PREDNISONE 143 117 67 42
GLIPIZIDE ER 137 127 68 86
CEFDINIR 135 70 69 216
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 135 44 69 78
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 90 71 43
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 133 81 71 128
VERAPAMIL ER 132 75 73 82
GLIPIZIDE 131 84 74 53
KLOR-CON M20 130 73 75 51
OXYCODONE HCL 130 95 S2 75 124
FENOFIBRATE 129 85 77 56
LEVEMIR 126 115 78 161
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 123 51 79 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 95 80 58
PAROXETINE HCL 121 60 81 67
SUCRALFATE 116 65 82 171
BYSTOLIC 116 92 82 102
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 100 84 84
NOVOLIN R 114 105 84 133
HUMULIN R 113 110 86 277
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 113 91 86 163
BUSPIRONE HCL 108 48 88 151
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 108 21 88 242
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 107 65 90 61
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 106 79 91 135
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 104 102 92 234
BACLOFEN 102 28 93 168
RAMIPRIL 100 80 94 98
LEVOFLOXACIN 100 72 94 79
LOVASTATIN 98 71 96 40
CEFUROXIME 95 60 97 138
DEXILANT 92 67 98 169
FEXOFENADINE HCL 92 53 98 322
DILTIAZEM HCL 89 54 100 223
TRICOR 89 50 100 92
KLOR-CON 10 88 40 102 96
VENLAFAXINE HCL 87 25 103 215
LIPITOR 86 53 104 76
AGGRENOX 86 76 104 220
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 44 106 49
ABILIFY 83 34 107 244
LIDODERM 81 63 108 166
MECLIZINE HCL 80 50 109 101
LEXAPRO 80 52 109 206
LACTULOSE 79 64 111 192
COLCRYS 78 46 112 122
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 37 112 24
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 51 S2 114 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 76 76 115 126
AZITHROMYCIN 76 56 115 44
VOLTAREN 75 63 117 214
SEROQUEL 75 41 117 154
LIDOCAINE HCL 75 70 117 329
OLANZAPINE 74 30 120 183
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 55 121 159
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 60 122 141
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 45 122 107
GLIPIZIDE XL 71 55 124 134
TOPIRAMATE 71 28 124 196
MEGESTROL ACETATE 70 59 R 126 179
VESICARE 70 70 126 200
DICYCLOMINE HCL 70 33 126 239
LANSOPRAZOLE 70 56 126 137
CEFTRIAXONE 68 63 130 263
NITROSTAT 67 47 131 233
PROPRANOLOL HCL 67 27 131 143
FLUCONAZOLE 66 40 133 148
LORAZEPAM 66 62 133 236
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 66 62 133 182
COMBIVENT 66 36 133 110
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 42 137 87
TORSEMIDE 64 32 137 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 14 139 73
PREMARIN 61 45 R 140 99
CARAFATE 60 56 141 321
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 27 R 141 164
MIRTAZAPINE 60 45 141 65
ESTRADIOL 58 0 R 144 153
FENTANYL 58 53 S2 144 114
XOPENEX HFA 57 31 146 250
HUMULIN 70-30 57 39 146 205
NOVOLIN 70-30 57 54 146 144
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 32 149 64
LEVETIRACETAM 55 19 149 97
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 33 149 203
MORPHINE SULFATE 54 54 S2 152 287
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 35 153 120
ALPRAZOLAM 51 39 154 149
NIASPAN 51 22 154 127
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 35 156 158
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 50 156 178
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.