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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,853Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 1456

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 185 out of 1456

927 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 927 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 927 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 16,245 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 777 727 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 673 586 2 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 625 491 S3 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 586 518 4 2
LISINOPRIL 567 507 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 465 423 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 404 357 7 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 382 355 8 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 343 285 9 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322 271 10 10
TRAMADOL HCL 314 260 11 17
GABAPENTIN 286 242 12 13
ATENOLOL 267 249 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 217 14 12
METFORMIN HCL 243 208 15 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 210 16 19
METFORMIN HCL ER 214 185 17 54
SYNTHROID 208 196 18 37
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 159 19 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 185 152 20 28
CLOPIDOGREL 180 161 21 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 166 22 11
SERTRALINE HCL 171 149 23 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 171 157 23 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 170 145 25 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 168 168 26 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 167 154 27 43
MIRTAZAPINE 160 160 28 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 142 28 22
LEVOFLOXACIN 142 124 30 79
NEXIUM 139 103 31 23
NIFEDIPINE ER 132 119 32 81
DIOVAN 131 119 33 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129 127 34 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 128 106 35 21
RANITIDINE HCL 128 105 35 27
AZITHROMYCIN 127 88 37 44
ALLOPURINOL 125 120 38 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 110 38 34
PLAVIX 114 102 40 46
MELOXICAM 113 98 41 30
CEFUROXIME 113 94 41 138
NAMENDA 113 113 41 38
LORAZEPAM 112 85 44 236
PREDNISONE 112 91 44 42
TRAZODONE HCL 111 93 46 47
LANTUS 109 103 47 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 99 95 48 57
CRESTOR 96 79 49 26
CYMBALTA 93 76 50 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 69 51 58
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 83 52 89
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 77 52 74
LIDODERM 88 88 54 166
LABETALOL HCL 85 80 55 180
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 85 55 9
DIGOXIN 84 84 57 62
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 81 64 58 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 68 59 107
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 80 59 87
CARVEDILOL 79 78 61 20
RISPERIDONE 79 79 61 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 56 R 61 66
LOVASTATIN 79 69 61 40
DIOVAN HCT 78 77 65 59
CARISOPRODOL 78 0 R 65 80
GEMFIBROZIL 76 68 67 117
FINASTERIDE 76 64 67 110
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 66 69 61
PAROXETINE HCL 75 57 69 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 73 71 60
FENOFIBRATE 73 61 71 56
CLONIDINE HCL 72 55 73 39
JANTOVEN 69 68 74 209
COMBIVENT 67 34 75 110
SINGULAIR 67 63 75 83
VERAPAMIL ER 65 53 77 82
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 56 78 48
COLCRYS 62 58 79 122
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 47 80 63
PROAIR HFA 60 28 81 69
AMOXICILLIN 59 42 82 112
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 40 R 82 70
VENTOLIN HFA 58 43 84 121
MECLIZINE HCL 57 53 85 101
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 42 R 85 77
FENTANYL 56 47 S2 87 114
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 36 88 86
CEPHALEXIN 52 46 88 123
GLIPIZIDE 52 48 88 53
PREMARIN 51 51 R 91 99
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 37 91 158
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 40 91 93
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 43 91 41
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 Dec. 23, 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.