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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,813Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 1456

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 1456

866 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

3% of this provider’s 866 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 866 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 19,410 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 913 841 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 759 716 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 709 654 3 2
LISINOPRIL 604 581 4 3
NAMENDA 602 601 5 38
FUROSEMIDE 505 495 6 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 488 488 7 29
OMEPRAZOLE 471 447 8 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 369 341 9 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 349 329 10 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 334 320 11 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 329 289 12 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 320 310 13 11
METFORMIN HCL 287 249 14 8
SERTRALINE HCL 269 254 15 25
MELOXICAM 263 258 16 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 256 243 17 36
RISPERIDONE 250 239 18 72
ATENOLOL 242 238 19 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 236 206 20 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 225 159 S3 21 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 196 196 22 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 175 23 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 195 189 23 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 186 186 25 34
TRAZODONE HCL 182 178 26 47
CLOPIDOGREL 181 178 27 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 174 174 28 43
EXELON 172 172 29 105
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 171 30 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 169 163 31 15
MIRTAZAPINE 168 160 32 65
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 167 155 33 78
KLOR-CON M10 146 138 34 140
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 146 141 34 74
CARVEDILOL 146 135 34 20
GABAPENTIN 142 124 37 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 139 127 38 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 131 39 16
RANITIDINE HCL 130 121 40 27
TRAMADOL HCL 121 97 41 17
CYMBALTA 121 104 41 52
CRESTOR 121 121 41 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 117 114 44 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 117 102 44 108
PLAVIX 116 111 46 46
FENOFIBRATE 115 108 47 56
DIOVAN 112 111 48 35
KLOR-CON M20 109 109 49 51
JANUVIA 101 98 50 68
BYSTOLIC 99 93 51 102
DIGOXIN 98 98 52 62
FINASTERIDE 96 96 53 110
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 93 93 54 89
VERAPAMIL ER 92 92 55 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 92 86 55 167
NEXIUM 87 65 57 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 81 57 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 83 57 41
ALLOPURINOL 86 86 60 31
EVISTA 86 86 60 113
CELEBREX 82 80 62 88
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 81 63 84
SYNTHROID 77 72 64 37
DIOVAN HCT 73 69 65 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 65 65 57
AZITHROMYCIN 73 67 65 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 72 68 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 61 68 61
LANTUS 72 59 68 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 71 71 71 60
VESICARE 71 71 71 200
VENLAFAXINE HCL 70 70 73 215
CEPHALEXIN 68 59 74 123
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 64 74 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 67 67 76 141
SPIRIVA 67 65 76 75
FAMOTIDINE 66 66 78 45
PAROXETINE HCL 66 38 78 67
CLONIDINE HCL 65 65 80 39
LIPITOR 63 63 81 76
DETROL LA 62 62 82 213
LOVASTATIN 62 62 82 40
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 61 57 84 118
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 49 85 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 59 85 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 47 R 87 66
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 88 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 54 40 88 227
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 53 90 151
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 50 90 106
RAMIPRIL 52 50 92 98
ZETIA 50 50 93 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 50 93 81
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. 1, 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.