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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,455Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 1456

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 1456

953 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 953 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 953 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 19,591 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

$51 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,111 747 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 1,063 631 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 998 721 3 2
LISINOPRIL 904 616 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 786 525 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 600 486 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 517 408 7 7
GABAPENTIN 514 343 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 514 381 8 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 458 303 10 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 430 265 11 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 393 282 12 9
RANITIDINE HCL 391 265 13 27
NEXIUM 389 250 14 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 387 228 15 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 364 280 16 15
MELOXICAM 358 245 17 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 243 18 24
SERTRALINE HCL 339 204 19 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 315 218 20 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 304 206 21 106
WARFARIN SODIUM 282 258 22 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 282 215 22 14
JANUVIA 275 190 24 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 267 173 25 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 262 155 R 26 70
ATENOLOL 250 187 27 18
AZITHROMYCIN 226 138 28 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 225 211 29 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 216 183 30 34
CARVEDILOL 210 152 31 20
SYNTHROID 209 162 32 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 203 106 33 55
ROPINIROLE HCL 200 121 34 90
TRAZODONE HCL 197 134 35 47
NAMENDA 197 197 35 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 195 150 S3 37 6
SPIRIVA 192 157 38 75
RISPERIDONE 188 129 39 72
LEVOFLOXACIN 182 136 40 79
PAROXETINE HCL 181 147 41 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 179 133 42 11
CYMBALTA 175 114 43 52
FENOFIBRATE 170 122 44 56
TRAMADOL HCL 170 149 44 17
DIGOXIN 164 119 46 62
PROAIR HFA 160 63 47 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 153 117 48 58
LAMOTRIGINE 148 0 49 258
LOVASTATIN 148 105 49 40
CRESTOR 147 96 51 26
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 146 99 52 118
ZETIA 145 118 53 71
CLOPIDOGREL 143 89 54 32
FAMOTIDINE 143 96 54 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 143 68 54 78
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 103 57 16
MIRTAZAPINE 140 98 58 65
PREDNISONE 139 111 59 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 82 60 43
CLONIDINE HCL 134 95 61 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 129 66 R 62 77
FLUCONAZOLE 129 71 62 148
ALLOPURINOL 126 109 64 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 62 65 28
NIFEDIPINE ER 122 110 66 81
COMBIVENT 119 79 67 110
LANSOPRAZOLE 116 81 68 137
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 115 66 69 87
BUPROPION HCL SR 114 62 70 185
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 84 71 36
DIOVAN HCT 111 86 72 59
ALPRAZOLAM 108 88 73 149
LANTUS 108 66 73 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 94 75 60
INSULIN SYRINGE 104 73 76 64
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 104 65 76 125
ESTRADIOL 104 49 R 76 153
GLYBURIDE 104 87 R 76 94
PLAVIX 103 73 80 46
PREMARIN 100 55 R 81 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 70 81 74
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 52 83 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 48 84 41
SINGULAIR 91 58 85 83
TRICOR 89 63 86 92
IBUPROFEN 88 39 87 103
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 61 88 107
TERAZOSIN HCL 82 70 89 142
DIOVAN 79 78 90 35
LOVAZA 77 51 91 162
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 45 91 151
ETODOLAC 76 64 93 273
VERAPAMIL ER 72 57 94 82
MECLIZINE HCL 72 62 94 101
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 50 94 128
AMOXICILLIN 70 58 97 112
COLCRYS 68 53 98 122
PROPRANOLOL HCL 67 47 99 143
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 44 100 120
KLOR-CON 10 66 32 100 96
ACTOS 64 56 102 115
NAPROXEN 61 24 103 100
SEROQUEL 61 33 103 154
VENTOLIN HFA 60 39 105 121
CILOSTAZOL 60 49 105 240
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 50 107 48
NIFEDICAL XL 59 48 107 252
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 39 107 135
GLIPIZIDE 58 49 110 53
HUMALOG 58 12 110 196
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 57 22 R 112 222
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 43 R 112 66
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 37 112 163
GEMFIBROZIL 56 44 115 117
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 44 116 73
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 48 116 57
AMIODARONE HCL 52 50 118 228
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 0 118 89
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 41 118 85
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 29 121 84
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 51 0 R 121 270
LYRICA 50 37 123 91
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 Jan. 19, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.