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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,687Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 239 out of 1456

$808K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 196 out of 1456

626 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

3% of this provider’s 626 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,396 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 969 837 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 543 489 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 476 423 3 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 464 402 4 11
LISINOPRIL 463 351 5 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 341 279 6 16
METFORMIN HCL 319 211 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 300 267 8 4
DIOVAN 272 243 9 35
CRESTOR 248 208 10 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 236 198 11 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 233 194 12 9
FUROSEMIDE 232 203 13 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 193 178 14 19
NEXIUM 179 139 15 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 160 140 16 12
NIFEDIPINE ER 155 141 17 81
METFORMIN HCL ER 155 143 17 54
ALLOPURINOL 154 129 19 31
RANITIDINE HCL 149 137 20 27
TRAMADOL HCL 148 120 21 17
ATENOLOL 148 120 21 18
CARVEDILOL 146 106 23 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 142 125 24 33
SERTRALINE HCL 142 128 24 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 122 26 15
LOVASTATIN 123 112 27 40
KLOR-CON M20 120 109 28 51
GABAPENTIN 118 97 29 13
KLOR-CON M10 112 96 30 140
KLOR-CON 10 110 101 31 96
DIOVAN HCT 109 104 32 59
HYDRALAZINE HCL 106 82 33 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 98 34 29
GLIPIZIDE 104 86 35 53
AZITHROMYCIN 102 79 36 44
CLONIDINE HCL 100 94 37 39
JANUVIA 98 87 38 68
BENICAR HCT 96 92 39 160
NAMENDA 94 94 40 38
OMEPRAZOLE 94 64 40 5
SYNTHROID 85 62 42 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 76 43 60
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 66 44 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 77 43 45 64
EXFORGE 77 75 45 211
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 77 68 45 61
RAMIPRIL 76 64 48 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 68 49 24
LANTUS 73 39 50 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73 71 50 126
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 42 50 120
BENICAR 71 66 53 130
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 46 54 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 54 55 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 48 56 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 58 57 34
BYSTOLIC 60 53 58 102
GLYBURIDE 60 49 R 58 94
SPIRIVA 60 32 58 75
VERAPAMIL ER 60 47 58 82
COLCRYS 59 56 62 122
LIPITOR 58 55 63 76
VENTOLIN HFA 58 18 63 121
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 56 65 73
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 57 23 65 198
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 28 65 63
CLOPIDOGREL 57 47 65 32
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 49 69 139
VALACYCLOVIR 56 33 69 325
PLAVIX 53 47 71 46
DILTIAZEM ER 53 45 71 147
LYRICA 52 33 73 91
INDAPAMIDE 51 34 74 193
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 49 74 84
PROAIR HFA 50 36 76 69
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 44 76 21
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 Jan. 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.