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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,510Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 1456

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 98 out of 1456

941 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

3% of this provider’s 941 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 941 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 23,119 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$38 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,293 1,121 1 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,033 844 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,009 869 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 992 832 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 851 629 S3 5 6
CHLORTHALIDONE 816 649 10 6 152
LISINOPRIL 797 671 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 724 576 8 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 705 602 9 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 698 583 10 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 616 500 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 536 430 12 22
SERTRALINE HCL 492 386 13 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 491 373 14 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 486 411 15 19
METFORMIN HCL 470 366 16 8
FAMOTIDINE 449 413 17 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 416 346 18 15
FUROSEMIDE 408 332 19 7
ALLOPURINOL 404 309 20 31
GABAPENTIN 402 304 21 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 373 327 22 14
PREDNISONE 338 281 23 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 298 226 24 24
CARVEDILOL 284 244 25 20
ATENOLOL 283 248 26 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 251 195 27 55
CLOPIDOGREL 238 211 28 32
NEXIUM 237 141 29 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 233 223 30 21
CLONIDINE HCL 228 185 31 39
RANITIDINE HCL 217 161 32 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 217 174 32 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 170 34 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 211 163 35 73
DIOVAN HCT 208 186 36 59
AMOXICILLIN 203 161 37 112
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 200 160 38 11
CEPHALEXIN 199 147 39 123
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 182 40 34
TRAMADOL HCL 188 134 41 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 181 151 R 42 70
KLOR-CON 10 181 143 42 96
DIOVAN 179 157 44 35
PAROXETINE HCL 176 176 45 67
LANTUS 176 145 45 50
BUPROPION HCL SR 172 125 47 185
AZITHROMYCIN 171 132 48 44
PLAVIX 167 150 49 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 148 106 50 64
PREMARIN 141 129 R 51 99
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 139 133 52 85
ROPINIROLE HCL 130 104 53 90
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 117 111 54 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 61 55 43
ALPRAZOLAM 107 71 55 149
VERAPAMIL ER 106 79 57 82
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 97 58 29
HUMULIN N 104 71 59 298
SYNTHROID 100 98 60 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 64 61 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 66 62 63
SINGULAIR 95 72 63 83
MELOXICAM 92 68 64 30
FELODIPINE ER 89 89 65 150
NAMENDA 89 89 65 38
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 88 88 67 84
MECLIZINE HCL 85 63 68 101
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 84 71 S3 69 174
TRAZODONE HCL 83 73 70 47
CYMBALTA 82 41 71 52
CELEBREX 81 81 72 88
ESTRADIOL 80 75 R 73 153
DIGOXIN 73 66 74 62
QUINAPRIL HCL 69 43 75 155
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 45 76 120
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 56 77 57
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 67 67 77 89
JANUVIA 67 33 77 68
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 46 80 107
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 50 80 135
CRESTOR 63 53 82 26
TRICOR 63 30 82 92
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 59 82 126
AMIODARONE HCL 63 62 82 228
BUPROPION XL 61 13 86 165
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 61 56 86 217
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 40 86 87
ZETIA 59 59 89 71
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 58 47 90 378
METOLAZONE 58 52 90 210
FENOFIBRATE 55 43 92 56
KLOR-CON M20 54 50 93 51
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 54 48 93 480
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 52 95 137
CEFDINIR 53 44 95 216
BENICAR 52 44 97 130
PROAIR HFA 50 22 98 69
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 42 98 78
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 May 2, 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.