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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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54,045Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1456

$2.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 1456

1,528 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,528 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 1,528 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 35,285 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 3,376 1,704 S3 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,726 1,289 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,712 1,189 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,492 1,073 4 7
LISINOPRIL 1,400 903 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,182 847 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,099 768 7 5
GABAPENTIN 1,033 615 8 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 963 799 9 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 962 467 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 915 625 11 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 707 506 12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 649 443 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 634 440 14 12
CARVEDILOL 625 417 15 20
NEXIUM 620 360 16 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 549 447 17 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 546 365 18 33
METFORMIN HCL 542 285 19 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 538 338 20 22
MELOXICAM 522 281 21 30
CLOPIDOGREL 478 321 22 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 438 298 23 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 437 407 24 29
SERTRALINE HCL 427 273 25 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 422 248 26 11
CARISOPRODOL 410 117 R 27 80
DIOVAN 406 293 28 35
AZITHROMYCIN 405 251 29 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 388 143 R 30 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 367 199 31 28
TIZANIDINE HCL 363 160 32 116
CLONIDINE HCL 362 221 33 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 360 290 34 36
ALLOPURINOL 359 268 35 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 354 264 36 74
FENTANYL 349 224 S2 37 114
NAMENDA 330 326 38 38
RANITIDINE HCL 329 191 39 27
CRESTOR 319 237 40 26
ATENOLOL 312 201 41 18
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 307 303 42 136
PROMETHAZINE HCL 295 131 R 43 77
LANTUS 294 194 44 50
SINGULAIR 289 139 45 83
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 285 116 46 43
FENOFIBRATE 279 160 47 56
PROAIR HFA 277 110 48 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 272 189 49 16
JANUVIA 251 132 50 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 242 184 51 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 240 185 52 79
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 240 219 52 184
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 116 54 24
CELEBREX 233 169 55 88
PREDNISONE 228 144 56 42
PLAVIX 226 170 57 46
LYRICA 224 133 58 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 222 145 59 63
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 221 57 S2 60 173
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 214 165 61 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 213 153 62 87
RISPERIDONE 209 145 63 72
TRICOR 209 111 63 92
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 201 139 65 107
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 195 102 66 128
ENDOCET 190 60 S2 67 146
RIVASTIGMINE 187 187 68 292
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 186 111 69 135
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 184 128 70 125
DIOVAN HCT 182 134 71 59
INSULIN SYRINGE 180 90 72 64
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 180 163 72 182
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 180 136 72 78
ROPINIROLE HCL 175 129 75 90
TRAZODONE HCL 174 97 76 47
DIGOXIN 173 135 77 62
PAROXETINE HCL 172 109 78 67
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 171 146 79 203
CYMBALTA 162 75 80 52
LIPITOR 162 105 80 76
DETROL LA 162 138 80 213
SPIRIVA 161 99 83 75
LEVEMIR 155 70 84 161
MECLIZINE HCL 154 139 85 101
FLUOXETINE HCL 154 86 85 55
DEXILANT 153 55 87 169
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 152 113 88 85
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 150 74 89 89
SYMBICORT 150 76 89 157
PREMARIN 148 83 R 91 99
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 60 S2 92 132
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 145 66 R 93 70
OXYCODONE HCL 144 32 S2 94 124
HYDRALAZINE HCL 144 102 94 48
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 140 109 R 96 119
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 80 97 41
MIRTAZAPINE 139 138 97 65
METOLAZONE 137 99 99 210
NOVOLIN R 137 103 99 133
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 101 101 93
LOVASTATIN 135 95 102 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 115 103 60
GLIPIZIDE XL 134 103 103 134
METFORMIN HCL ER 132 95 105 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 130 95 106 58
COMBIVENT 130 55 106 110
ONGLYZA 124 76 108 202
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 83 S2 109 109
SYNTHROID 112 90 110 37
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 111 65 111 106
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 109 59 112 95
XOPENEX HFA 109 66 112 250
METHADONE HCL 108 20 S2 114 190
MEGESTROL ACETATE 106 106 R 115 179
LUNESTA 105 56 116 276
EVISTA 105 99 116 113
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 104 102 118 126
SPIRONOLACTONE 104 58 118 73
ALPRAZOLAM 104 70 118 149
CEFDINIR 103 80 121 216
GEMFIBROZIL 102 65 122 117
BYSTOLIC 101 61 123 102
FAMOTIDINE 101 69 123 45
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 100 125 141
WELCHOL 100 70 125 194
PROPRANOLOL HCL 98 73 127 143
AMOXICILLIN 98 58 127 112
ACTOS 97 67 129 115
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 97 95 129 108
LEXAPRO 95 75 131 206
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 95 64 131 129
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 95 66 131 207
HYDROXYZINE HCL 94 35 R 134 164
KLOR-CON M20 93 72 135 51
COLCRYS 92 45 136 122
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 91 71 137 156
QUINAPRIL HCL 91 53 137 155
TORSEMIDE 88 44 139 145
DICYCLOMINE HCL 88 55 139 239
TRILIPIX 87 61 141 188
VENTOLIN HFA 86 28 142 121
ESTRADIOL 86 42 R 142 153
ZETIA 83 52 144 71
NOVOLIN 70-30 83 45 144 144
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 59 146 57
SUCRALFATE 81 75 147 171
KLOR-CON 10 80 44 148 96
NISOLDIPINE 79 67 149 372
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 79 53 149 158
CEPHALEXIN 78 57 151 123
PHENYTOIN 78 58 151 253
FLUCONAZOLE 77 46 153 148
LEVETIRACETAM 77 29 153 97
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 44 155 120
TEMAZEPAM 75 72 156 313
BACLOFEN 72 13 157 168
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 71 57 158 178
AMIODARONE HCL 71 71 158 228
LIDOCAINE HCL VISCOUS 71 70 10 158 451
TEKTURNA 71 47 158 288
NAPROXEN 70 52 162 100
NITROSTAT 69 52 163 233
NIASPAN 69 39 163 127
LACTULOSE 68 54 165 192
GLYBURIDE 67 55 R 166 94
SEROQUEL 66 49 167 154
VESICARE 66 47 167 200
HUMULIN 70-30 65 55 169 205
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 38 170 118
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 64 32 170 208
BUPROPION HCL 62 23 172 334
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 61 43 173 312
TOPIRAMATE 60 18 174 196
GLIPIZIDE 60 58 174 53
JANUMET 59 40 176 176
LIDODERM 58 53 177 166
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 39 177 81
LEVOTHROID 57 49 179 186
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 57 40 179 283
BENICAR HCT 57 50 179 160
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 41 182 84
BENICAR 56 40 182 130
IBUPROFEN 55 39 184 103
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 35 185 159
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 54 12 R 185 259
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 53 15 187 198
BUPROPION XL 53 30 187 165
NOVOLOG 53 29 187 104
JANTOVEN 53 22 187 209
EXELON 52 52 191 105
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 36 191 49
METRONIDAZOLE 51 37 193 294
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 51 13 S3 193 340
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 28 195 163
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 Oct. 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.