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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,103Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 291 out of 1456

$801K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 201 out of 1456

449 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

9% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 449 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 6,466 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 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 502 298 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 463 216 S3 2 6
LISINOPRIL 446 243 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 395 254 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340 242 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 266 139 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 244 162 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 243 120 8 8
GABAPENTIN 237 89 9 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 148 10 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 63 11 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 121 12 12
SPIRIVA 166 79 13 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 56 14 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 68 15 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 108 16 19
PROAIR HFA 138 51 17 69
NEXIUM 136 53 18 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135 89 19 36
CARVEDILOL 131 107 20 20
MELOXICAM 129 68 21 30
TRAZODONE HCL 122 45 22 47
RANITIDINE HCL 113 49 23 27
TIZANIDINE HCL 104 19 24 116
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 55 25 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 79 26 9
CRESTOR 100 37 27 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 41 28 63
DEXILANT 95 32 28 169
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 34 30 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 61 31 34
SERTRALINE HCL 91 63 32 25
DIOVAN 90 71 33 35
ATENOLOL 88 69 34 18
CLOPIDOGREL 87 70 35 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 73 35 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 33 35 90
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 30 R 38 77
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 84 49 39 120
NIASPAN 83 17 40 127
VENTOLIN HFA 81 32 41 121
AZITHROMYCIN 79 28 42 44
TRAMADOL HCL 78 28 43 17
PEN NEEDLE 78 46 43 131
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 60 45 16
LOVASTATIN 74 64 46 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 14 S2 47 132
PLAVIX 70 52 48 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 44 48 15
KLOR-CON M20 69 44 50 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 38 50 55
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 57 52 87
DIOVAN HCT 59 19 53 59
ABILIFY 59 11 53 244
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 36 55 43
LYRICA 57 0 56 91
PAROXETINE HCL 55 20 57 67
LANTUS 55 29 57 50
ACTOS 52 45 59 115
ALLOPURINOL 51 35 60 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 46 60 29
SYNTHROID 50 34 62 37
IBUPROFEN 50 13 62 103
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 Jan. 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.