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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,323Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 74 out of 1456

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 1456

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 819 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 11,928 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,289 566 S3 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 919 557 2 2
LISINOPRIL 823 456 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 638 446 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 544 291 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 519 330 6 1
GABAPENTIN 404 185 7 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 403 281 8 4
NEXIUM 372 169 9 23
PLAVIX 320 203 10 46
MELOXICAM 306 120 11 30
CARVEDILOL 303 167 12 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 294 121 13 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 285 174 14 12
TRAMADOL HCL 272 130 15 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 264 162 16 15
METFORMIN HCL 242 118 17 8
RANITIDINE HCL 205 111 18 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 82 19 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 130 19 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 201 165 21 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 93 22 22
ATENOLOL 170 75 23 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 161 58 R 24 66
CLOPIDOGREL 160 103 25 32
CLONIDINE HCL 160 77 25 39
PAROXETINE HCL 159 72 27 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 154 106 28 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 154 88 28 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 95 30 24
FENOFIBRATE 150 69 31 56
SPIRIVA 145 56 32 75
SINGULAIR 144 79 33 83
SERTRALINE HCL 140 98 34 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 138 58 35 63
NAMENDA 138 106 35 38
CARISOPRODOL 138 24 R 35 80
LANTUS 138 78 35 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 112 39 36
ALLOPURINOL 134 82 40 31
FENTANYL 134 81 S2 40 114
LYRICA 132 67 42 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 83 43 43
CRESTOR 127 66 43 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126 76 45 34
LIPITOR 123 61 46 76
DIGOXIN 122 92 47 62
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 47 48 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 85 49 90
XOPENEX HFA 107 50 50 250
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 64 51 73
PROAIR HFA 103 41 52 69
RISPERIDONE 102 64 53 72
GLIMEPIRIDE 102 69 53 33
PREMARIN 101 54 R 55 99
TRAZODONE HCL 100 52 56 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99 71 57 61
ZETIA 98 40 58 71
DIOVAN HCT 95 70 59 59
CELEBREX 95 43 59 88
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 95 60 59 125
TIZANIDINE HCL 95 33 59 116
FAMOTIDINE 95 67 59 45
DIOVAN 94 69 64 35
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 33 65 128
ACTOS 93 56 65 115
SYMBICORT 92 38 67 157
NOVOLOG 91 40 68 104
KLOR-CON M20 87 60 69 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 57 69 74
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 29 R 71 70
DEXILANT 81 31 72 169
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 52 73 57
VENTOLIN HFA 80 37 73 121
PRADAXA 78 55 75 251
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 43 76 64
LEVETIRACETAM 70 24 77 97
AZITHROMYCIN 70 34 77 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 42 R 77 77
TYGACIL 67 0 10 80 456
KLOR-CON 8 66 64 81 255
LEXAPRO 65 33 82 206
JANUVIA 64 58 83 68
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 57 83 16
ONGLYZA 64 24 83 202
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 24 83 55
MECLIZINE HCL 62 54 87 101
CYMBALTA 62 27 87 52
SEROQUEL 61 30 89 154
LOVASTATIN 59 35 90 40
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 36 91 203
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 39 91 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 22 93 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 31 93 9
TRICOR 54 15 93 92
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 54 46 R 93 119
GEMFIBROZIL 53 31 97 117
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 20 97 167
METFORMIN HCL ER 50 28 99 54
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. 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.