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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 1456

$1.48M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 1456

543 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

5% of this provider’s 543 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 543 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 20,324 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,209 925 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,181 794 S3 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,133 773 3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,003 724 4 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 726 546 5 1
METFORMIN HCL 643 452 6 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 561 432 7 4
RANITIDINE HCL 551 320 8 27
OMEPRAZOLE 531 402 9 5
GABAPENTIN 526 330 10 13
LISINOPRIL 523 373 11 3
MELOXICAM 419 255 12 30
CARVEDILOL 409 326 13 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 399 257 14 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 396 274 15 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 384 252 16 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 360 302 17 29
FAMOTIDINE 313 242 18 45
RISPERIDONE 309 195 19 72
NEXIUM 293 176 20 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 288 188 21 14
TRAMADOL HCL 285 225 22 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 285 200 22 16
CLOPIDOGREL 274 227 24 32
JANUVIA 273 217 25 68
NAMENDA 263 227 26 38
ALLOPURINOL 251 196 27 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 182 28 19
DIOVAN 232 188 29 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 144 30 24
MIRTAZAPINE 216 150 31 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 212 131 32 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 210 111 33 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 210 116 33 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 209 207 35 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 204 117 36 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 168 37 34
TRAZODONE HCL 194 106 38 47
SINGULAIR 187 135 39 83
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 186 99 R 10 40 259
KLOR-CON 10 177 131 41 96
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 130 42 10
PLAVIX 173 148 43 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 169 118 44 128
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 169 73 44 49
SERTRALINE HCL 166 124 46 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 164 82 R 47 77
COMBIVENT 159 108 48 110
CITALOPRAM HBR 154 98 49 22
BUMETANIDE 153 90 50 191
SPIRIVA 150 95 51 75
PAROXETINE HCL 149 104 52 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 148 89 53 55
MECLIZINE HCL 145 90 54 101
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 145 91 54 11
SYMBICORT 142 94 56 157
CEFUROXIME 140 95 57 138
KLOR-CON M20 138 98 58 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 138 92 58 73
LANTUS 138 108 58 50
DIGOXIN 131 93 61 62
AZITHROMYCIN 130 77 62 44
CRESTOR 129 66 63 26
CLONIDINE HCL 128 74 64 39
BACLOFEN 127 75 65 168
MUPIROCIN 120 84 66 224
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 120 86 66 58
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 119 67 68 118
SEROQUEL 117 69 69 154
PROAIR HFA 116 58 70 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 116 69 70 107
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 114 37 72 227
ROPINIROLE HCL 113 71 73 90
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 107 74 74 135
INSULIN SYRINGE 104 57 75 64
ONGLYZA 104 44 75 202
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 83 77 85
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 99 68 78 136
DILTIAZEM ER 98 75 79 147
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 50 R 80 66
OLANZAPINE 96 67 81 183
GLIPIZIDE XL 94 82 82 134
GLIPIZIDE 94 63 82 53
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 93 73 84 167
NOVOLIN R 93 68 84 133
BENAZEPRIL HCL 92 81 86 57
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 91 27 R 87 270
GEMFIBROZIL 88 49 88 117
KETOCONAZOLE 88 30 88 241
NAPROXEN 86 40 90 100
JANUMET 85 53 91 176
CARISOPRODOL 85 34 R 91 80
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 47 91 60
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 83 94 234
ZETIA 82 16 95 71
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 80 72 96 108
LYRICA 80 45 96 91
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 45 S2 96 109
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 50 99 43
FINASTERIDE 79 79 99 110
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 51 101 125
CYMBALTA 75 44 102 52
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 75 54 102 163
LEVETIRACETAM 75 17 102 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 47 102 48
AGGRENOX 73 37 106 220
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 39 107 143
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 45 R 107 70
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 51 109 158
ATENOLOL 67 40 110 18
DIOVAN HCT 66 55 111 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 53 111 61
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 66 41 R 111 222
LEVEMIR 65 45 114 161
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 53 114 126
BUPROPION HCL SR 64 32 116 185
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 39 116 74
HYDROXYZINE HCL 63 31 R 118 164
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 44 119 79
FLUCONAZOLE 61 39 120 148
DEXILANT 61 36 120 169
NOVOLIN 70-30 60 36 122 144
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 38 122 151
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 50 124 159
CARBAMAZEPINE 59 11 124 280
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 52 126 41
ACTOS 57 42 127 115
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 45 127 87
KLOR-CON M10 56 56 129 140
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 56 23 S3 129 174
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 38 131 129
LIPITOR 55 25 131 76
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 55 131 141
NYSTATIN 54 31 134 237
PREDNISONE 52 37 135 42
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 51 27 136 238
KLOR-CON 8 50 27 137 255
DETROL LA 50 40 137 213
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 March 21, 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.