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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,119Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 1456

$620K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 324 out of 1456

497 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

7% of this provider’s 497 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 497 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 9,494 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 652 386 S3 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 584 451 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 484 331 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 433 274 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 385 313 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 380 258 6 5
LISINOPRIL 352 227 7 3
RANITIDINE HCL 287 195 8 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 270 160 9 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 266 173 10 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 252 189 11 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249 151 12 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 241 169 13 9
PREDNISONE 231 160 14 42
CARVEDILOL 199 147 15 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 194 116 16 55
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 134 17 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 170 153 18 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 133 19 11
GABAPENTIN 168 79 19 13
MEGESTROL ACETATE 145 130 R 21 179
NEXIUM 129 39 22 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 129 116 22 29
KLOR-CON M10 128 78 24 140
RISPERIDONE 128 73 24 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127 112 26 85
SPIRONOLACTONE 125 101 27 73
BENAZEPRIL HCL 121 79 28 57
FAMOTIDINE 117 92 29 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 116 41 R 30 66
ATENOLOL 112 83 31 18
CLOPIDOGREL 104 66 32 32
TRAMADOL HCL 103 52 33 17
DIOVAN 103 86 33 35
CRESTOR 102 59 35 26
PROAIR HFA 100 32 36 69
CLONIDINE HCL 100 72 36 39
KLOR-CON M20 96 88 38 51
SERTRALINE HCL 92 40 39 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 68 40 16
GLIPIZIDE 89 58 41 53
FENTANYL 89 68 S2 41 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 51 43 63
NAMENDA 86 78 44 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 54 45 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 50 46 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 69 46 61
KLOR-CON 10 83 61 46 96
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 48 49 14
MIRTAZAPINE 79 58 50 65
LOVASTATIN 77 52 51 40
VERAPAMIL ER 75 68 52 82
SPIRIVA 72 42 53 75
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 18 54 90
SYMBICORT 67 32 55 157
VENTOLIN HFA 66 38 56 121
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 34 57 24
AZITHROMYCIN 64 37 58 44
ALLOPURINOL 64 50 58 31
PLAVIX 64 48 58 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 29 61 64
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 63 21 61 204
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 44 61 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 42 64 28
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 37 64 79
NIASPAN 58 52 66 127
TRAZODONE HCL 55 28 67 47
NAPROXEN 53 43 68 100
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 52 69 19
MELOXICAM 51 30 70 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 44 70 34
CYMBALTA 51 31 70 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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.