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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,342Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 158 out of 1456

$730K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 243 out of 1456

1,169 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 1,169 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 1,169 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 13,407 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 591 495 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 545 492 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 473 426 3 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 361 286 4 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 354 218 S3 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 278 6 1
TRAMADOL HCL 332 272 7 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 318 292 8 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 313 274 9 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 275 220 10 12
LISINOPRIL 272 183 11 3
METFORMIN HCL 252 189 12 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 250 207 13 24
FUROSEMIDE 248 172 14 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 243 181 15 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 235 177 16 54
MELOXICAM 229 191 17 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 216 202 18 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 190 19 10
SYNTHROID 208 196 20 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 199 185 21 61
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 189 162 22 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 188 155 23 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 187 151 24 28
RANITIDINE HCL 174 127 25 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 166 26 41
ATENOLOL 165 119 27 18
DIOVAN HCT 160 148 28 59
CLOPIDOGREL 145 122 29 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 122 30 34
VERAPAMIL ER 144 123 30 82
PREDNISONE 143 113 32 42
ALLOPURINOL 136 123 33 31
AZITHROMYCIN 135 111 34 44
SERTRALINE HCL 133 115 35 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 133 35 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 116 37 63
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 118 38 177
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 101 39 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 82 40 19
CLONIDINE HCL 114 76 41 39
FENOFIBRATE 112 100 42 56
LEVOFLOXACIN 106 84 43 79
DIGOXIN 104 104 44 62
PLAVIX 103 86 45 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 81 46 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 66 46 81
GLIMEPIRIDE 98 80 48 33
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 97 64 49 172
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 96 77 50 89
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 95 70 51 129
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 84 52 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 53 29
AMOXICILLIN 84 59 54 112
LANTUS 83 80 55 50
NEXIUM 83 69 55 23
LOVASTATIN 82 52 57 40
DIOVAN 79 66 58 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 49 59 107
GABAPENTIN 76 54 60 13
QUINAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 60 61 403
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 46 R 62 77
PROAIR HFA 67 52 63 69
LABETALOL HCL 66 51 64 180
QUINAPRIL HCL 66 44 64 155
GLYBURIDE 65 64 R 66 94
GEMFIBROZIL 65 61 66 117
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 57 66 93
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 60 69 90
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 44 69 128
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 61 R 69 70
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 56 72 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 45 72 120
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 53 R 72 119
IBUPROFEN 62 38 75 103
COMBIVENT 60 43 76 110
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 58 77 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 17 R 78 66
MECLIZINE HCL 54 54 79 101
METOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 51 80 487
CARVEDILOL 51 48 81 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 51 81 16
EXFORGE HCT 51 51 81 286
EXELON 51 51 81 105
SINGULAIR 51 46 81 83
CRESTOR 50 50 86 26
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 April 8, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.