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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 260 out of 1456

$846K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 168 out of 1456

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

4% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,185 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 528 483 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 448 391 2 4
SERTRALINE HCL 332 325 3 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 296 4 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 283 247 5 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 243 231 6 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 231 7 11
LISINOPRIL 233 220 8 3
OMEPRAZOLE 226 198 9 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 210 10 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 202 11 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 195 195 12 12
FUROSEMIDE 189 189 13 7
METFORMIN HCL 178 168 14 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 154 15 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 173 159 16 22
NAMENDA 150 133 17 38
METFORMIN HCL ER 145 138 18 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 127 S3 19 6
ATENOLOL 131 128 20 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 113 21 19
NEXIUM 115 112 22 23
GABAPENTIN 114 101 23 13
PREDNISONE 110 109 24 42
MIRTAZAPINE 110 110 24 65
DIOVAN 109 96 26 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 89 27 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 107 99 28 78
CRESTOR 106 103 29 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 98 30 141
TRAMADOL HCL 104 82 31 17
LIDODERM 103 98 32 166
CLOPIDOGREL 103 103 32 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 100 95 34 79
JANUVIA 96 92 35 68
KLOR-CON M20 96 96 35 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 80 37 74
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 88 38 49
LIPITOR 90 83 39 76
VOLTAREN 90 90 39 214
CLONIDINE HCL 86 86 41 39
DIOVAN HCT 84 83 42 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 81 43 16
RANITIDINE HCL 79 66 44 27
AZITHROMYCIN 78 68 45 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 76 46 43
FINASTERIDE 73 73 47 110
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 60 48 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 72 48 15
TERAZOSIN HCL 71 62 50 142
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 68 51 58
BYSTOLIC 68 68 52 102
ACTOS 67 65 53 115
TRAZODONE HCL 67 62 53 47
NIFEDIPINE ER 66 66 55 81
SYNTHROID 65 57 56 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65 65 56 89
LEXAPRO 63 59 58 206
BENICAR 62 62 59 130
PLAVIX 62 62 59 46
CARVEDILOL 61 58 61 20
FAMOTIDINE 61 61 61 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 60 63 48
DIGOXIN 58 58 64 62
AMIODARONE HCL 56 56 65 228
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 56 65 90
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 67 36
ALLOPURINOL 55 54 67 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 53 69 84
RISPERIDONE 53 51 69 72
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 71 178
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 46 72 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 51 72 61
CYMBALTA 51 49 72 52
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. 20, 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.