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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,039Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 571 out of 1456

$346K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 651 out of 1456

370 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 370 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 6,377 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 698 626 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 250 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 208 194 3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 188 4 11
FUROSEMIDE 193 189 5 7
LISINOPRIL 177 168 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 163 151 7 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 123 8 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 126 9 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106 106 10 19
GABAPENTIN 105 96 11 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 102 12 14
METFORMIN HCL 103 94 13 8
CARVEDILOL 102 88 14 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 90 15 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 87 16 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 80 17 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81 68 18 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 75 S3 19 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 74 20 15
RANITIDINE HCL 75 75 20 27
SERTRALINE HCL 73 72 22 25
LIPITOR 65 65 23 76
SYNTHROID 63 46 24 37
TRAMADOL HCL 61 60 25 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 26 41
CRESTOR 56 39 27 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 38 27 24
ALLOPURINOL 55 51 29 31
CLOPIDOGREL 54 45 30 32
PLAVIX 52 39 31 46
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. 12, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.