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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,427Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 215 out of 1456

$819K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 184 out of 1456

455 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

4% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 455 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 12,212 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$57 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
DONEPEZIL HCL 537 528 1 29
FUROSEMIDE 536 469 2 7
NAMENDA 520 506 3 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 492 411 4 1
LISINOPRIL 433 323 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 354 312 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 346 292 7 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 331 277 8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 323 277 9 21
OMEPRAZOLE 310 205 10 5
SIMVASTATIN 287 230 11 2
METFORMIN HCL 245 209 12 8
CARVEDILOL 245 209 12 20
TRAZODONE HCL 224 175 14 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 219 136 S3 15 6
GABAPENTIN 218 167 16 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 217 186 17 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 186 175 18 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 147 19 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 158 143 20 78
MIRTAZAPINE 158 144 20 65
TRAMADOL HCL 154 145 22 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 153 121 23 108
SERTRALINE HCL 152 144 24 25
LANTUS 144 126 25 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 137 116 26 74
CYMBALTA 127 77 27 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 124 72 28 43
ATENOLOL 119 103 29 18
EXELON 116 109 30 105
FAMOTIDINE 105 98 31 45
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 102 100 32 207
GLIPIZIDE 100 91 33 53
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 99 93 34 198
ALLOPURINOL 98 93 35 31
RAMIPRIL 94 94 36 98
DIOVAN 93 80 37 35
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 92 55 38 136
CLOPIDOGREL 91 70 39 32
RISPERIDONE 90 80 40 72
PLAVIX 87 71 41 46
DIGOXIN 86 68 42 62
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 51 42 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 84 44 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 80 45 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 64 46 28
RANITIDINE HCL 79 74 47 27
NAPROXEN 76 52 48 100
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 72 36 49 227
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 71 49 60
NOVOLIN R 66 55 51 133
PREDNISONE 65 47 52 42
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 53 R 53 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 59 53 16
CLONIDINE HCL 61 47 55 39
SPIRIVA 61 50 55 75
GEMFIBROZIL 60 60 57 117
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 60 59 57 178
NOVOLOG 60 55 57 104
NOVOLIN N 59 45 60 189
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 29 61 128
ADVAIR HFA 57 45 61 274
PEN NEEDLE 56 50 63 131
NEXIUM 55 50 64 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 42 64 73
PRIMIDONE 54 38 66 243
SEROQUEL 51 48 67 154
LACTULOSE 51 49 67 192
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 49 67 48
LATANOPROST 50 50 70 275
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 49 70 11
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. 10, 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.