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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,012Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 165 out of 1456

$922K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 138 out of 1456

376 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

7% of this provider’s 376 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 376 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 12,712 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 732 600 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 552 415 S3 2 6
CARVEDILOL 446 336 3 20
FAMOTIDINE 397 358 4 45
GABAPENTIN 378 319 5 13
FUROSEMIDE 378 329 5 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 341 237 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 335 265 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 316 244 9 15
NAMENDA 312 307 10 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 302 298 11 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 273 234 12 4
MIRTAZAPINE 267 235 13 65
HYDRALAZINE HCL 258 217 14 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 223 198 15 9
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 213 168 16 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 213 209 16 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 198 151 18 73
METFORMIN HCL 191 107 19 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 188 182 20 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 186 130 21 57
ALLOPURINOL 185 131 22 31
LISINOPRIL 154 105 23 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 154 125 23 61
CEPHALEXIN 150 123 25 123
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 131 26 21
OLANZAPINE 148 122 26 183
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143 129 28 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 139 134 29 108
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 94 30 14
TRAZODONE HCL 135 112 31 47
NOVOLIN R 128 127 32 133
CYMBALTA 122 77 33 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 102 34 10
METHADONE HCL 118 22 S2 35 190
RISPERIDONE 116 95 36 72
CLOPIDOGREL 114 101 37 32
CRESTOR 113 74 38 26
CLONIDINE HCL 113 96 38 39
KLOR-CON M20 111 58 40 51
MELOXICAM 103 61 41 30
LANTUS 101 82 42 50
SIMVASTATIN 100 78 43 2
RANITIDINE HCL 92 53 44 27
DESIPRAMINE HCL 91 69 45 433
BYSTOLIC 87 76 46 102
VERAPAMIL ER 84 57 47 82
LEVEMIR 83 82 48 161
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 81 48 93
AGGRENOX 81 81 50 220
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 66 51 177
GUANFACINE HCL 75 55 R 52 294
TRAMADOL HCL 72 45 53 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 72 53 12
PLAVIX 71 66 55 46
EXELON 68 68 56 105
TORSEMIDE 67 33 57 145
BENICAR 66 42 58 130
NOVOLOG 66 65 58 104
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 57 60 64
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 63 56 61 158
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 62 33 62 126
LIPITOR 61 17 63 76
NIASPAN 60 32 64 127
COLCRYS 60 31 64 122
METOLAZONE 59 36 66 210
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 58 56 S2 67 173
QUINAPRIL HCL 58 38 67 155
ACTOS 56 46 69 115
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 42 70 142
SPIRIVA 54 31 71 75
NEXIUM 53 37 72 23
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 50 73 136
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 52 73 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 52 27 73 81
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 51 32 76 265
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.