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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,976Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 1456

$2.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 1456

809 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

9% of this provider’s 809 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 809 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 27,054 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
NAMENDA 1,078 984 1 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,009 840 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 897 795 3 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 798 650 4 21
LISINOPRIL 787 668 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 776 696 6 29
TRAMADOL HCL 770 665 7 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 725 638 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 717 616 9 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 594 502 S3 10 6
RISPERIDONE 586 470 11 72
OMEPRAZOLE 578 457 12 5
GABAPENTIN 546 421 13 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 498 396 14 15
MIRTAZAPINE 492 450 15 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 461 377 16 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 458 341 17 108
CARVEDILOL 426 356 18 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 411 354 19 22
SERTRALINE HCL 390 326 20 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 358 312 21 78
SIMVASTATIN 356 287 22 2
LANTUS 342 243 23 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 337 273 24 74
FAMOTIDINE 335 285 25 45
TRAZODONE HCL 300 229 26 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 289 268 27 60
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 288 252 S2 28 109
EXELON 282 248 29 105
METFORMIN HCL 278 195 30 8
CLOPIDOGREL 275 234 31 32
LEVETIRACETAM 270 219 32 97
RANITIDINE HCL 244 216 33 27
PLAVIX 241 217 34 46
NEXIUM 225 136 35 23
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 220 197 36 136
NOVOLOG 217 190 37 104
HYDRALAZINE HCL 214 178 38 48
PAROXETINE HCL 212 178 39 67
LEVOFLOXACIN 208 190 40 79
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 194 139 41 43
SEROQUEL 193 157 42 154
DIGOXIN 193 191 42 62
KLOR-CON M10 187 186 44 140
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 185 157 45 58
DIOVAN 183 164 46 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 136 47 11
VALPROIC ACID 179 132 48 230
CLONIDINE HCL 179 130 48 39
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 168 133 50 107
OLANZAPINE 165 158 51 183
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 134 52 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 157 117 53 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 125 54 16
CYMBALTA 154 109 55 52
LACTULOSE 151 95 56 192
SPIRIVA 144 144 57 75
PROMETHAZINE HCL 144 104 R 57 77
LEXAPRO 143 105 59 206
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 101 59 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 109 61 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 111 62 36
NOVOLIN R 133 100 63 133
GLIPIZIDE 130 102 64 53
LOVASTATIN 125 75 65 40
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 124 113 66 141
AMIODARONE HCL 123 113 67 228
NUEDEXTA 122 119 68 289
PREDNISONE 122 97 68 42
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 116 92 70 89
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 115 60 71 128
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 90 72 24
HUMALOG 109 74 73 196
JANUVIA 109 99 73 68
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 108 90 75 129
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 108 81 75 158
ALLOPURINOL 107 91 77 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 103 71 78 227
ADVAIR HFA 103 87 78 274
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 93 80 63
ROZEREM 96 86 10 81 430
VERAPAMIL ER 95 84 82 82
BUSPIRONE HCL 94 52 83 151
LIDODERM 92 86 84 166
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 91 83 85 182
BACLOFEN 90 27 86 168
ATENOLOL 90 72 86 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 85 88 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 71 88 85
EVISTA 89 89 88 113
LYRICA 88 49 91 91
LAMOTRIGINE 84 44 92 258
CEFTRIAXONE 82 62 93 263
MELOXICAM 81 70 94 30
MUPIROCIN 81 71 94 224
FENTANYL 78 71 S2 96 114
NYSTATIN 77 67 97 237
PHENYTOIN 77 31 97 253
FINASTERIDE 76 76 99 110
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 64 99 33
AZITHROMYCIN 74 58 101 44
PROAIR HFA 72 47 102 69
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 72 72 102 178
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 71 66 104 234
LIDOCAINE HCL 71 54 104 329
AZELASTINE HCL 69 52 106 333
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 22 107 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 65 108 90
KLOR-CON M20 66 65 108 51
SANTYL 64 61 110 226
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 53 111 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 52 112 159
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 50 113 106
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 42 R 114 66
CARISOPRODOL 58 27 R 115 80
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 38 116 142
NOVOLIN N 57 52 116 189
DILTIAZEM ER 56 43 118 147
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 48 118 118
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 56 29 R 118 222
COLCRYS 55 47 121 122
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 42 122 143
BYSTOLIC 53 53 123 102
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 51 123 81
ENABLEX 53 53 123 283
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 23 126 156
ABILIFY 52 42 126 244
TRICOR 51 28 128 92
GLYBURIDE 50 50 R 129 94
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 Oct. 9, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.