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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,137Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 119 out of 1456

$718K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 253 out of 1456

919 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 919 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 919 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 13,977 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$40 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,167 803 S3 1 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 775 636 2 9
LISINOPRIL 640 552 3 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 564 489 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 544 466 5 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 501 343 6 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 442 370 7 12
METFORMIN HCL 437 363 8 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 398 304 9 4
OMEPRAZOLE 389 369 10 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 338 253 11 22
SIMVASTATIN 332 278 12 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 315 257 13 24
LOVASTATIN 268 256 14 40
FUROSEMIDE 262 206 15 7
GABAPENTIN 255 179 16 13
CARVEDILOL 232 187 17 20
TRAMADOL HCL 227 175 18 17
ALPRAZOLAM 196 142 19 149
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 194 119 S2 20 132
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 167 137 21 19
GLIPIZIDE 166 152 22 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 141 23 43
NEXIUM 163 113 23 23
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 153 25 93
CARISOPRODOL 157 56 R 26 80
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 138 27 21
MELOXICAM 144 123 28 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 139 72 29 55
PREDNISONE 137 113 30 42
OXYCODONE HCL 130 50 S2 31 124
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 125 32 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123 78 33 15
CLOPIDOGREL 123 109 33 32
TRAZODONE HCL 120 84 35 47
VERAPAMIL ER 117 107 36 82
SERTRALINE HCL 108 67 37 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 108 34 R 37 77
PREMARIN 105 71 R 39 99
TIZANIDINE HCL 101 45 40 116
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 84 41 28
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 99 55 S2 42 173
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 74 42 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 65 44 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 92 86 45 33
ATENOLOL 91 65 46 18
AMOXICILLIN 88 65 47 112
RANITIDINE HCL 88 70 47 27
ALLOPURINOL 85 75 49 31
VENTOLIN HFA 84 54 50 121
KLOR-CON M20 83 63 51 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 66 51 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 82 80 53 143
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 63 54 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 55 55 141
RAMIPRIL 75 75 56 98
PLAVIX 74 70 57 46
SYNTHROID 73 71 58 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 72 59 29
LANTUS 72 49 59 50
GLYBURIDE 72 63 R 59 94
SPIRIVA 69 63 62 75
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 59 63 87
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 65 63 16
INSULIN SYRINGE 66 44 65 64
ENDOCET 66 29 S2 65 146
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 49 67 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 45 68 156
METHADONE HCL 62 12 S2 69 190
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 47 70 106
MECLIZINE HCL 59 52 71 101
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 44 72 107
CYMBALTA 55 39 72 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 51 74 36
NAMENDA 54 54 74 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 49 74 158
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 53 26 77 378
FLUCONAZOLE 52 48 78 148
DIOVAN 51 51 79 35
FENTANYL 51 21 S2 79 114
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. 7, 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.