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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,051Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 194 out of 1456

$916K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 140 out of 1456

629 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 629 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 629 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 11,601 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 536 376 S3 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 474 363 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 465 382 3 1
LISINOPRIL 407 325 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 346 297 5 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 341 290 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 339 245 7 7
GABAPENTIN 303 215 8 13
OMEPRAZOLE 257 229 9 5
TRAMADOL HCL 248 172 10 17
NAMENDA 227 221 11 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 221 136 12 14
SERTRALINE HCL 220 164 13 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 199 158 14 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 195 176 15 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 186 144 16 21
RANITIDINE HCL 182 126 17 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 169 118 18 78
LANTUS 166 113 19 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 127 20 11
METFORMIN HCL 162 128 21 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 106 22 24
TRAZODONE HCL 155 129 23 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 154 24 29
KLOR-CON M20 151 121 25 51
CARVEDILOL 148 125 26 20
CLOPIDOGREL 144 128 27 32
NOVOLIN R 140 110 28 133
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 138 95 29 108
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 124 30 15
RISPERIDONE 126 92 31 72
NEXIUM 126 101 31 23
MIRTAZAPINE 124 116 33 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121 104 34 19
CLONIDINE HCL 120 87 35 39
GLIPIZIDE 118 105 36 53
ALLOPURINOL 118 109 36 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 93 38 16
CYMBALTA 108 69 39 52
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107 98 40 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 60 41 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 61 42 10
EXELON 98 97 42 105
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 95 71 44 118
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 93 80 45 61
FAMOTIDINE 92 76 46 45
PLAVIX 89 77 47 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 88 76 48 74
FINASTERIDE 78 71 49 110
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 60 49 120
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 63 51 58
ATENOLOL 77 62 51 18
COLCRYS 77 53 51 122
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 53 54 73
AMOXICILLIN 72 56 55 112
PROAIR HFA 66 39 56 69
AZITHROMYCIN 65 51 57 44
NOVOLOG 65 23 57 104
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 64 53 59 106
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 25 R 59 66
VENLAFAXINE HCL 61 46 61 215
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 45 61 34
PREDNISONE 59 38 63 42
SEROQUEL 58 40 64 154
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 44 65 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 38 65 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 33 67 63
LYRICA 54 32 67 91
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 13 69 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 39 70 36
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 42 71 234
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 36 72 107
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. 22, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.