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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,191Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 1456

$2.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 1456

867 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

4% of this provider’s 867 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 867 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 20,305 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

$103 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 904 809 1 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 718 571 2 9
OMEPRAZOLE 653 575 3 5
LISINOPRIL 624 507 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 597 400 S3 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 527 466 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 509 391 7 7
SIMVASTATIN 484 392 8 2
METFORMIN HCL 429 375 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 429 380 9 10
NEXIUM 412 289 11 23
GABAPENTIN 410 326 12 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 403 379 13 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 354 323 14 22
SERTRALINE HCL 352 286 15 25
TRAMADOL HCL 349 301 16 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 336 280 17 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 319 254 18 19
CLOPIDOGREL 302 272 19 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 289 257 20 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 271 220 21 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 268 251 22 16
SYNTHROID 254 239 23 37
SINGULAIR 248 208 24 83
ZETIA 225 170 25 71
MELOXICAM 222 179 26 30
GLIPIZIDE 219 175 27 53
DIOVAN 219 210 27 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 214 175 29 21
PLAVIX 214 180 29 46
LOVASTATIN 195 186 31 40
LANTUS 189 131 32 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 158 33 24
CRESTOR 177 166 34 26
ALLOPURINOL 177 147 34 31
ATENOLOL 171 162 36 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 150 37 43
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 160 131 38 135
JANUVIA 160 138 38 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 155 119 40 63
GLIMEPIRIDE 154 131 41 33
CARVEDILOL 153 139 42 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 152 43 29
ROPINIROLE HCL 149 125 44 90
GLIPIZIDE ER 148 128 45 86
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 136 119 46 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 128 107 47 58
KLOR-CON M20 127 119 48 51
RANITIDINE HCL 126 99 49 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 123 108 50 73
CLONIDINE HCL 120 105 51 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 119 97 52 55
DIOVAN HCT 118 95 53 59
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 90 53 28
DIGOXIN 117 101 55 62
PREDNISONE 115 78 56 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 115 91 56 74
NAMENDA 114 114 58 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 114 100 R 58 70
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 79 R 60 66
CELEBREX 108 96 60 88
FENOFIBRATE 105 96 62 56
BENAZEPRIL HCL 105 95 62 57
INSULIN SYRINGE 103 83 64 64
MIRTAZAPINE 103 91 64 65
TRAZODONE HCL 102 83 66 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 94 67 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 98 79 68 89
ALPRAZOLAM 95 88 69 149
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 75 70 61
LANSOPRAZOLE 91 73 71 137
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 91 88 71 87
FAMOTIDINE 90 58 73 45
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 88 64 74 125
PAROXETINE HCL 87 70 75 67
DILTIAZEM ER 87 80 75 147
GEMFIBROZIL 86 80 77 117
HYDROXYZINE HCL 85 65 R 78 164
RAMIPRIL 85 85 78 98
CYMBALTA 81 76 80 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 58 81 143
METFORMIN HCL ER 80 72 81 54
GALANTAMINE HBR 78 66 83 309
TOPIRAMATE 77 39 84 196
PRIMIDONE 74 74 85 243
PROMETHAZINE HCL 72 43 R 86 77
BUPROPION XL 71 57 87 165
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 70 88 60
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 62 89 85
KLOR-CON 10 66 62 90 96
TEKTURNA 66 66 90 288
EVISTA 65 64 92 113
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 51 92 79
SPIRIVA 64 52 94 75
PREMARIN 64 59 R 94 99
AZITHROMYCIN 63 55 96 44
VERAPAMIL ER 63 63 96 82
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 63 96 49
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 62 96 126
DETROL LA 63 55 96 213
LYRICA 62 48 101 91
MECLIZINE HCL 61 55 102 101
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 60 103 78
COLCRYS 60 49 103 122
LIPITOR 58 51 105 76
FELODIPINE ER 57 47 106 150
BUMETANIDE 57 37 106 191
COMBIVENT 56 43 108 110
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 52 109 48
LEXAPRO 54 37 110 206
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 42 111 177
TORSEMIDE 53 53 111 145
WELCHOL 52 49 113 194
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51 44 114 283
VENLAFAXINE HCL 51 42 114 215
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 Feb. 7, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.