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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,068Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 1456

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 105 out of 1456

732 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

11% of this provider’s 732 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 732 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 18,112 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 836 580 S3 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 717 643 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 704 604 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 655 491 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 633 587 5 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 451 410 6 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 440 368 7 14
GABAPENTIN 432 331 8 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 398 372 9 19
ATENOLOL 395 325 10 18
FUROSEMIDE 391 341 11 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 350 317 12 12
NEXIUM 334 302 13 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 333 272 14 22
LISINOPRIL 321 261 15 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 295 246 16 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293 245 17 15
SERTRALINE HCL 285 243 18 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 273 246 19 33
PREDNISONE 251 224 20 42
CARVEDILOL 242 206 21 20
MELOXICAM 242 195 21 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 204 23 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 195 24 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 223 163 25 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 209 205 26 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 209 203 26 43
CLOPIDOGREL 202 184 28 32
LOVASTATIN 197 197 29 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 180 179 30 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 175 171 31 16
CRESTOR 174 156 32 26
ALLOPURINOL 174 128 32 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 164 34 11
NAMENDA 154 154 35 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 143 94 36 55
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 121 37 28
METHADONE HCL 135 51 S2 38 190
DIOVAN 134 132 39 35
ESTRADIOL 133 51 R 40 153
RANITIDINE HCL 130 120 41 27
CARISOPRODOL 129 36 R 42 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 98 43 58
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 125 112 44 89
PLAVIX 124 114 45 46
TRAMADOL HCL 122 71 46 17
AMOXICILLIN 122 90 46 112
DIOVAN HCT 120 103 48 59
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 120 107 48 95
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 76 50 93
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 115 51 49
SYNTHROID 110 99 52 37
METFORMIN HCL 109 101 53 8
TRAZODONE HCL 108 66 54 47
ENDOCET 107 45 S2 55 146
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 106 56 60
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 38 S2 57 132
CLONIDINE HCL 100 100 57 39
PAROXETINE HCL 96 89 59 67
DIGOXIN 95 94 60 62
KLOR-CON M20 93 77 61 51
NABUMETONE 87 59 62 212
CYMBALTA 87 67 62 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84 84 64 61
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 83 74 65 267
GEMFIBROZIL 83 67 65 117
GLYBURIDE 82 68 R 67 94
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 48 R 67 66
ALPRAZOLAM 81 66 69 149
MECLIZINE HCL 80 78 70 101
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 80 80 70 156
AZITHROMYCIN 79 62 72 44
CELEBREX 72 67 73 88
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 54 S2 73 109
SULINDAC 71 59 75 291
LANSOPRAZOLE 69 44 76 137
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 68 77 36
TORSEMIDE 66 46 78 145
PREMARIN 65 56 R 79 99
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 51 R 80 77
SOTALOL 63 59 81 269
RISPERIDONE 62 25 82 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 45 83 63
LYRICA 60 56 84 91
NAPROXEN 59 59 85 100
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 59 47 85 163
KLOR-CON 10 56 53 87 96
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 43 87 74
TRIAZOLAM 56 47 10 87 476
FENTANYL 56 0 S2 87 114
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 55 91 48
NIFEDICAL XL 55 39 91 252
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 55 91 81
PROAIR HFA 55 40 91 69
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 52 R 95 164
NITROFURANTOIN 53 52 96 417
PEN NEEDLE 53 39 96 131
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 37 98 73
LORAZEPAM 51 50 98 236
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 0 S2 98 173
FLUCONAZOLE 51 38 98 148
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 44 102 107
MIRTAZAPINE 50 48 102 65
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 Nov. 21, 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.