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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,653Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 1456

$828K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 180 out of 1456

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%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

10% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 671 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 14,310 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
BENAZEPRIL HCL 761 526 1 57
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 674 388 S3 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 588 467 3 5
FAMOTIDINE 575 278 4 45
METFORMIN HCL 530 379 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 528 357 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 467 413 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 442 346 8 15
FUROSEMIDE 419 306 9 7
GABAPENTIN 327 224 10 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 314 240 11 1
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 308 172 12 93
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 295 214 13 14
SERTRALINE HCL 264 190 14 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 258 184 15 9
LISINOPRIL 249 189 16 3
TRAMADOL HCL 243 207 17 17
RISPERIDONE 241 224 18 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 239 199 19 159
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 232 143 20 43
MELOXICAM 232 142 20 30
NEXIUM 227 137 22 23
CARVEDILOL 224 182 23 20
DILTIAZEM ER 221 139 24 147
WARFARIN SODIUM 215 183 25 21
PREDNISONE 191 137 26 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 190 148 27 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 189 169 28 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 187 141 29 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 184 125 30 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 184 138 30 58
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 183 77 R 10 32 259
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 120 33 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 174 162 34 19
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 172 130 35 95
CLONIDINE HCL 172 120 35 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 138 37 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 122 38 22
CLOPIDOGREL 153 117 39 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 151 104 40 125
AZITHROMYCIN 147 96 41 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 131 101 42 55
PAROXETINE HCL 128 84 43 67
PLAVIX 128 93 43 46
RANITIDINE HCL 124 89 45 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 94 46 41
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 83 47 177
MECLIZINE HCL 115 101 48 101
TRAZODONE HCL 113 72 49 47
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 111 70 50 128
KLOR-CON M20 107 91 51 51
DIOVAN HCT 103 75 52 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 73 53 11
PROMETHAZINE HCL 98 56 R 54 77
KLOR-CON 10 95 45 55 96
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 76 55 63
PROAIR HFA 94 40 57 69
LANTUS 93 28 58 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 23 R 59 66
ESTRADIOL 84 63 R 60 153
HYDRALAZINE HCL 84 78 60 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 35 62 28
SPIRIVA 81 32 62 75
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 25 S2 62 132
VENTOLIN HFA 80 29 65 121
CEPHALEXIN 78 57 66 123
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 78 66 60
DIGOXIN 77 71 68 62
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 50 S2 68 109
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 76 70 49
QUINAPRIL HCL 74 66 71 155
DIOVAN 74 54 71 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 15 73 64
AVODART 71 71 74 218
PRIMIDONE 69 45 75 243
ALLOPURINOL 68 57 76 31
GLIPIZIDE 66 53 77 53
COMBIVENT 65 28 78 110
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65 46 78 61
CYMBALTA 65 20 78 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 39 81 24
ATENOLOL 61 19 81 18
METHOCARBAMOL 60 26 R 83 232
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 27 83 158
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 59 85 142
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 59 17 85 242
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 25 R 85 70
BUSPIRONE HCL 57 36 88 151
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 45 89 167
COLCRYS 55 47 89 122
HUMULIN 70-30 53 14 91 205
METHADONE HCL 53 0 S2 91 190
NOVOLIN R 52 40 93 133
BUMETANIDE 52 44 93 191
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 50 95 90
CRESTOR 50 50 95 26
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 Aug. 5, 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.