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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,866Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 1456

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 100 out of 1456

582 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

9% of this provider’s 582 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 582 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 16,202 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 700 552 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 663 548 2 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 538 508 3 29
LISINOPRIL 525 365 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 523 466 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 473 387 6 12
NAMENDA 408 407 7 38
TRAMADOL HCL 405 291 8 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 389 345 9 15
OMEPRAZOLE 381 281 10 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 365 311 11 9
SIMVASTATIN 354 272 12 2
GABAPENTIN 350 265 13 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 333 267 14 22
TRAZODONE HCL 309 218 15 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 238 S3 16 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 284 255 17 21
CARVEDILOL 263 218 18 20
METFORMIN HCL 262 178 19 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 216 163 20 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 214 165 21 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 209 173 22 108
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 209 149 22 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 195 156 24 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 144 25 10
RANITIDINE HCL 181 149 26 27
SERTRALINE HCL 180 148 27 25
RAMIPRIL 179 141 28 98
CYMBALTA 172 118 29 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 171 153 30 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 128 31 14
EXELON 163 163 32 105
MELOXICAM 163 123 32 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 121 34 24
NEXIUM 154 97 35 23
MIRTAZAPINE 154 132 35 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 110 37 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 120 38 74
DIOVAN 137 129 39 35
LANTUS 135 108 40 50
PLAVIX 135 113 40 46
CLOPIDOGREL 132 115 42 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 132 100 42 61
RISPERIDONE 130 98 44 72
GLIPIZIDE 129 91 45 53
ATENOLOL 126 107 46 18
IBUPROFEN 123 92 47 103
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 121 99 48 198
SPIRIVA 119 96 49 75
TRICOR 119 82 49 92
CLONIDINE HCL 118 91 51 39
LEVETIRACETAM 110 98 52 97
PREDNISONE 106 86 53 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 106 68 53 11
DIGOXIN 94 93 55 62
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 72 56 49
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 93 91 56 178
LOVASTATIN 93 67 56 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 91 56 63
JANUVIA 92 58 60 68
FAMOTIDINE 90 90 61 45
KLOR-CON M10 89 75 62 140
LIDODERM 85 50 63 166
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 36 63 19
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 66 65 107
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 72 65 36
CEPHALEXIN 82 62 67 123
GLYBURIDE 82 30 R 67 94
FENTANYL 81 68 S2 69 114
SEROQUEL 80 64 70 154
AZITHROMYCIN 76 46 71 44
BACLOFEN 75 15 72 168
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 55 72 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 46 72 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 74 74 75 136
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 74 51 75 125
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 73 41 77 106
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 41 78 33
PROAIR HFA 71 34 79 69
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 70 59 80 207
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 66 37 R 81 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 64 49 82 227
ALLOPURINOL 61 38 83 31
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 37 S2 84 109
MECLIZINE HCL 58 41 84 101
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 58 58 84 184
VESICARE 57 29 87 200
PAROXETINE HCL 56 35 88 67
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 32 89 86
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 40 90 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 39 90 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 45 92 58
PROMETHAZINE HCL 53 33 R 92 77
FINASTERIDE 52 49 94 110
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 52 R 94 179
TIZANIDINE HCL 50 26 96 116
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 13, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.