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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,852Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 1456

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 1456

644 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 644 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 644 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 18,747 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 717 641 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 688 605 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 524 500 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 501 440 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 493 424 5 12
TRAMADOL HCL 489 430 6 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 389 370 7 15
FUROSEMIDE 351 339 8 7
CRESTOR 346 339 9 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 341 284 10 14
LISINOPRIL 333 261 11 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 289 258 12 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 280 200 S3 13 6
NEXIUM 279 240 14 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 263 246 15 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 258 238 16 11
METFORMIN HCL 258 212 16 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 250 250 18 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 242 242 19 16
RANITIDINE HCL 242 189 19 27
RAMIPRIL 230 221 21 98
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 221 22 10
ZETIA 219 199 23 71
CLOPIDOGREL 216 216 24 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 211 207 25 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 203 181 26 74
NAMENDA 196 196 27 38
ALLOPURINOL 190 172 28 31
GABAPENTIN 185 142 29 13
SERTRALINE HCL 184 183 30 25
JANUMET 178 163 31 176
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 176 159 32 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 174 33 29
ATENOLOL 170 164 34 18
PLAVIX 168 168 35 46
CARVEDILOL 168 145 35 20
DIGOXIN 167 160 37 62
GLIPIZIDE ER 164 146 38 86
SPIRIVA 163 157 39 75
METFORMIN HCL ER 156 121 40 54
SYNTHROID 154 150 41 37
MELOXICAM 152 126 42 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 149 138 43 48
AZITHROMYCIN 149 132 43 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 147 87 R 45 66
BENICAR 144 140 46 130
PREDNISONE 143 128 47 42
BYSTOLIC 140 125 48 102
VYTORIN 138 125 49 175
LEVOFLOXACIN 137 119 50 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 108 51 28
AZOR 133 115 52 262
KLOR-CON M20 131 105 53 51
DIOVAN 128 117 54 35
MIRTAZAPINE 126 116 55 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 122 103 56 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 122 115 56 34
LYRICA 121 109 58 91
GLIPIZIDE 118 118 59 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 117 117 60 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 108 61 43
PROAIR HFA 105 94 62 69
CLONIDINE HCL 104 79 63 39
EVISTA 103 100 64 113
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 87 65 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 76 66 24
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 92 80 67 125
SUCRALFATE 88 63 68 171
LANTUS 87 75 69 50
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 87 63 69 203
CELEBREX 87 76 69 88
SINGULAIR 80 74 72 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 66 73 33
TRAZODONE HCL 76 76 74 47
TORSEMIDE 75 64 75 145
COUMADIN 75 75 75 225
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 73 77 57
JANUVIA 71 64 78 68
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 69 69 79 178
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 62 79 55
GLYBURIDE 68 60 R 81 94
CYMBALTA 66 49 82 52
PAROXETINE HCL 65 64 83 67
BENICAR HCT 65 65 83 160
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 61 R 85 70
FAMOTIDINE 63 51 86 45
DIOVAN HCT 60 60 87 59
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 60 55 87 182
LEXAPRO 60 52 87 206
TEKTURNA 58 58 90 288
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 57 90 158
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 55 92 129
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 48 R 93 77
EXFORGE 54 54 94 211
LIPITOR 52 52 95 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 44 95 61
PREMARIN 51 51 R 97 99
QUINAPRIL HCL 51 51 97 155
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 June 13, 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.