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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,304Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 1456

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 1456

666 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

27% of this provider’s 666 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 666 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 10,629 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

$55 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
SIMVASTATIN 682 428 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 573 194 S3 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 518 350 3 1
LISINOPRIL 517 308 4 3
CARVEDILOL 499 327 5 20
GABAPENTIN 491 181 6 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 460 329 7 21
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 417 128 S2 8 132
METFORMIN HCL 382 263 9 8
RANITIDINE HCL 337 161 10 27
FUROSEMIDE 331 245 11 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 321 104 12 14
NIFEDIPINE ER 314 245 13 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 304 222 14 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 147 15 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 287 238 15 29
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 277 49 S2 17 173
TRAMADOL HCL 273 172 18 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 261 197 19 12
NAMENDA 256 210 20 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 252 170 21 4
SERTRALINE HCL 217 92 22 25
OXYCODONE HCL 216 26 S2 23 124
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 104 24 24
MELOXICAM 201 97 25 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 198 64 26 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196 124 27 9
OMEPRAZOLE 191 64 28 5
ADVAIR DISKUS 184 73 29 63
NEXIUM 161 33 30 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 112 31 15
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 150 56 32 118
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 79 33 19
RISPERIDONE 147 60 34 72
PROMETHAZINE HCL 145 28 R 35 77
CRESTOR 143 55 36 26
ALLOPURINOL 140 79 37 31
AZITHROMYCIN 137 54 38 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 136 71 39 58
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 135 31 R 40 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 92 41 11
PROAIR HFA 132 53 42 69
LANTUS 129 80 43 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 77 44 43
FLUCONAZOLE 122 31 45 148
ENDOCET 121 0 S2 46 146
CLOPIDOGREL 119 73 47 32
VENTOLIN HFA 119 42 47 121
LEVETIRACETAM 115 51 49 97
OXYCONTIN 114 14 S2 50 235
TIZANIDINE HCL 111 26 51 116
ATENOLOL 111 74 51 18
IBUPROFEN 105 28 53 103
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 70 54 34
PREDNISONE 104 40 54 42
FAMOTIDINE 103 65 56 45
NIFEDICAL XL 102 50 57 252
PLAVIX 99 67 58 46
AMOXICILLIN 96 29 59 112
NOVOLOG 96 70 59 104
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 95 48 61 107
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 95 38 61 158
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 64 63 73
MIRTAZAPINE 91 65 64 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 91 60 64 108
GLIPIZIDE ER 91 62 64 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 58 67 16
TRAZODONE HCL 85 33 68 47
SPIRIVA 82 37 69 75
CLONIDINE HCL 79 64 70 39
VALPROIC ACID 78 15 71 230
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 28 72 78
DIOVAN HCT 76 35 73 59
LOVASTATIN 69 62 74 40
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 22 74 128
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 43 76 79
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 16 S2 77 109
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 38 78 120
INSULIN SYRINGE 66 25 78 64
FENTANYL 65 20 S2 80 114
GLIPIZIDE 65 45 80 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 53 82 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 39 83 74
PAROXETINE HCL 60 32 84 67
EXELON 59 52 85 105
DIGOXIN 59 56 85 62
TOPIRAMATE 58 0 87 196
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 58 21 87 325
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 34 89 48
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 40 R 89 179
FINASTERIDE 56 51 91 110
COLCRYS 54 24 92 122
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 54 28 92 227
SYMBICORT 53 13 94 157
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 18 94 22
PHENYTOIN 53 35 94 253
DIOVAN 52 20 97 35
LEVEMIR 51 28 98 161
LIPITOR 51 33 98 76
SANTYL 51 40 98 226
CYMBALTA 51 14 98 52
LYRICA 50 14 102 91
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. 28, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.