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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,227Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 134 out of 1456

$772K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 219 out of 1456

732 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

7% of this provider’s 732 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 732 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 14,753 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

24 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 869 685 S3 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 698 602 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 642 563 3 5
PREDNISONE 496 413 4 42
SIMVASTATIN 448 415 5 2
LISINOPRIL 439 357 6 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 415 320 7 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 396 361 8 1
LOVASTATIN 345 316 9 40
FUROSEMIDE 342 310 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 340 280 11 8
GABAPENTIN 324 243 12 13
SERTRALINE HCL 292 260 13 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 256 240 14 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 249 247 15 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 239 191 16 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 226 181 17 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 221 204 18 14
ATENOLOL 215 203 19 18
MELOXICAM 199 174 20 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 169 21 12
CARVEDILOL 189 167 21 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 173 149 23 16
MIRTAZAPINE 172 120 24 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 171 171 25 29
NEXIUM 167 151 26 23
TRAZODONE HCL 163 133 27 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 132 28 15
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 122 29 93
GLYBURIDE 134 123 R 30 94
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 91 31 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 125 112 31 84
DILTIAZEM HCL 125 59 31 223
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 105 31 24
CLOPIDOGREL 115 115 35 32
DIGOXIN 113 113 36 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 111 37 34
BUPROPION XL 110 100 38 165
SUCRALFATE 108 100 39 171
CLONIDINE HCL 107 100 40 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 87 41 19
KLOR-CON M20 103 89 42 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 87 43 28
CRESTOR 100 100 44 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 89 45 48
CARISOPRODOL 97 85 R 46 80
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 95 81 47 129
CYMBALTA 95 61 47 52
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 92 79 49 95
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 78 50 41
RANITIDINE HCL 81 79 51 27
ALLOPURINOL 81 66 51 31
TRAMADOL HCL 79 69 53 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 57 53 63
ZETIA 77 76 55 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 77 55 74
AZITHROMYCIN 77 65 55 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 51 55 55
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 65 59 90
MECLIZINE HCL 74 70 60 101
FENOFIBRATE 72 58 61 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 55 62 10
PLAVIX 71 71 62 46
JANUVIA 70 70 64 68
NAMENDA 66 66 65 38
CEFUROXIME 66 53 65 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 62 65 89
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 59 R 68 70
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 52 69 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 58 69 58
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 43 S2 71 109
ALPRAZOLAM 58 58 71 149
DILTIAZEM ER 57 54 73 147
GEMFIBROZIL 56 56 74 117
SPIRIVA 55 33 75 75
LIPITOR 54 50 76 76
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 11 R 76 77
VERAPAMIL ER 54 54 76 82
SOTALOL 53 53 79 269
SYNTHROID 52 45 80 37
CELEBREX 52 49 80 88
NADOLOL 50 34 82 249
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 42 82 137
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 April 12, 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.