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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,755Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 1456

$1.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 1456

980 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

2% of this provider’s 980 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 980 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 27,481 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

38 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 2,076 1,642 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,354 885 S3 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,343 1,111 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,186 879 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 1,042 795 5 2
ALLOPURINOL 976 742 10 6 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 871 627 7 33
OMEPRAZOLE 781 573 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 723 551 9 15
TRAMADOL HCL 708 531 10 17
LISINOPRIL 663 480 11 3
GABAPENTIN 617 441 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 615 468 13 12
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 600 474 10 14 93
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 578 480 10 15 106
METFORMIN HCL 555 318 16 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 499 367 17 14
KLOR-CON M20 446 306 18 51
FAMOTIDINE 441 273 19 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 440 350 20 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 430 303 21 21
NEXIUM 422 262 22 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 392 294 23 22
CARVEDILOL 358 303 24 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 345 298 25 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 331 232 26 10
DIGOXIN 328 277 27 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 314 243 28 61
CLOPIDOGREL 311 273 29 32
AZITHROMYCIN 270 175 30 44
ATENOLOL 259 216 31 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 257 206 32 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 257 227 32 19
LANTUS 255 172 34 50
MELOXICAM 248 189 35 30
DIOVAN HCT 243 210 36 59
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 225 171 37 49
PLAVIX 222 186 38 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 218 175 39 43
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 213 153 40 129
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 152 41 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 142 42 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 200 106 R 42 66
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 194 138 44 118
DIOVAN 188 132 45 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 174 46 29
INSULIN SYRINGE 187 128 46 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 183 155 48 58
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 182 113 49 125
DICYCLOMINE HCL 174 125 50 239
SERTRALINE HCL 173 108 51 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 169 123 52 48
EVISTA 159 101 53 113
SYNTHROID 157 146 54 37
PREMARIN 153 113 R 55 99
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 151 109 56 163
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 149 125 57 208
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 147 97 S3 58 174
CRESTOR 142 116 59 26
SINGULAIR 137 100 60 83
KLOR-CON 10 133 114 61 96
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 131 111 62 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 107 63 34
PAROXETINE HCL 126 77 64 67
LANSOPRAZOLE 125 83 65 137
LOVASTATIN 125 78 65 40
CLONIDINE HCL 124 85 67 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 119 97 68 63
MECLIZINE HCL 118 102 69 101
BENAZEPRIL HCL 118 109 69 57
MIRTAZAPINE 116 113 71 65
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 115 94 72 156
LYRICA 115 91 72 91
PROAIR HFA 113 84 74 69
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 64 75 41
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 104 92 76 159
AGGRENOX 101 101 77 220
ZETIA 101 101 77 71
PEN NEEDLE 101 61 77 131
FOLIC ACID 99 83 80 359
SPIRONOLACTONE 97 65 81 73
FLUCONAZOLE 97 55 81 148
CYMBALTA 96 69 83 52
METOLAZONE 95 71 84 210
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 94 72 85 135
KLOR-CON M10 92 78 86 140
KLOR-CON 8 92 63 86 255
RANITIDINE HCL 91 33 88 27
COLCRYS 90 66 89 122
ALPRAZOLAM 88 70 90 149
BENICAR 88 82 90 130
JANTOVEN 87 72 92 209
VYTORIN 86 62 93 175
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 86 57 93 238
PREDNISONE 85 41 95 42
VERAPAMIL ER 85 50 95 82
LORAZEPAM 85 83 95 236
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 63 98 85
NAMENDA 82 72 99 38
LEVETIRACETAM 80 49 100 97
HUMULIN N 80 54 100 298
IBUPROFEN 79 41 102 103
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 54 103 120
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 74 103 36
ACTOS 76 55 103 115
AMOXICILLIN 75 60 106 112
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 75 42 R 106 336
GEMFIBROZIL 74 55 108 117
TRAZODONE HCL 74 40 108 47
PROMETHAZINE HCL 73 30 R 110 77
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 71 37 111 207
TRICOR 70 37 112 92
SPIRIVA 69 60 113 75
DEXILANT 69 67 113 169
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 69 51 R 113 119
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 59 116 55
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 65 116 84
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 34 118 89
COMBIVENT 65 49 119 110
CELEBREX 64 60 120 88
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 51 121 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 51 121 28
GLIPIZIDE 63 61 121 53
CARISOPRODOL 61 19 R 124 80
ESTRADIOL 61 45 R 124 153
LIPITOR 59 40 126 76
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 32 R 126 164
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 38 R 126 70
LABETALOL HCL 58 57 129 180
GLYBURIDE 56 48 R 130 94
FINASTERIDE 56 55 130 110
NOVOLIN 70-30 55 27 132 144
BUSPIRONE HCL 55 37 132 151
LUNESTA 55 50 132 276
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 0 135 128
VENTOLIN HFA 53 23 136 121
NOVOLIN N 53 26 136 189
LEVOFLOXACIN 52 43 138 79
SYMBICORT 51 42 139 157
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 50 43 140 303
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 March 19, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.