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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,125Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 1456

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 1456

645 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

9% of this provider’s 645 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

53% of this provider’s 645 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 18,797 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

47 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 2,884 1,407 S3 1 6
LISINOPRIL 1,289 662 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,170 756 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,146 782 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 900 657 5 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 878 625 6 15
CLONIDINE HCL 775 449 7 39
CARISOPRODOL 732 103 R 8 80
RANITIDINE HCL 670 400 9 27
OMEPRAZOLE 658 458 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 555 357 11 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 504 293 12 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 465 322 13 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 422 263 14 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 395 263 15 12
CLOPIDOGREL 378 307 16 32
MELOXICAM 375 211 17 30
GABAPENTIN 331 222 18 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 321 224 19 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 310 290 20 29
AMOXICILLIN 308 138 21 112
TRAMADOL HCL 285 208 22 17
NAMENDA 279 262 23 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 253 133 24 9
PLAVIX 244 207 25 46
ENDOCET 240 89 S2 26 146
NIFEDIPINE ER 239 163 27 81
GLYBURIDE 236 177 R 28 94
ATENOLOL 223 114 29 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 222 175 30 61
FAMOTIDINE 219 151 31 45
AZITHROMYCIN 218 86 32 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 80 33 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 206 89 R 34 66
DIOVAN 190 107 35 35
SERTRALINE HCL 184 135 36 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 180 115 37 58
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 177 64 R 38 119
TAMSULOSIN HCL 174 154 39 34
RISPERIDONE 173 139 40 72
NEXIUM 171 67 41 23
CARVEDILOL 165 128 42 20
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 163 102 43 204
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 163 88 43 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 163 131 43 60
LABETALOL HCL 162 111 46 180
LACTULOSE 158 150 47 192
VENTOLIN HFA 152 81 48 121
COMBIVENT 151 60 49 110
DIGOXIN 150 122 50 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 124 51 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 140 96 52 90
LEVOFLOXACIN 137 107 53 79
PROMETHAZINE HCL 135 49 R 54 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 89 54 11
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 133 79 56 128
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 130 77 57 136
PROAIR HFA 127 71 58 69
COLCRYS 125 91 59 122
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 124 92 60 156
LEVETIRACETAM 123 82 61 97
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 39 S2 61 132
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 101 63 108
CRESTOR 118 78 64 26
TRAZODONE HCL 111 91 65 47
GEMFIBROZIL 108 42 66 117
TRICOR 106 46 67 92
MIRTAZAPINE 105 89 68 65
LYRICA 102 42 69 91
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 101 84 70 78
TIZANIDINE HCL 100 50 71 116
INSULIN SYRINGE 97 51 72 64
NOVOLIN R 92 79 73 133
CEPHALEXIN 91 59 74 123
EXELON 90 88 75 105
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 84 76 33
MECLIZINE HCL 87 70 77 101
GLIPIZIDE 84 66 78 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 55 78 19
PAROXETINE HCL 79 17 80 67
NAPROXEN 78 41 81 100
LANTUS 76 54 82 50
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 75 41 83 163
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 54 83 63
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 63 83 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 59 86 16
ZETIA 63 47 87 71
VERAPAMIL ER 62 49 88 82
TERAZOSIN HCL 62 62 88 142
JANUVIA 61 25 90 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 50 91 10
CYMBALTA 60 57 91 52
FENTANYL 58 39 S2 93 114
BUMETANIDE 58 22 93 191
PHENYTOIN 57 57 95 253
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 35 96 106
TRAVATAN Z 56 56 96 302
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54 27 98 201
DESOXIMETASONE 53 26 99 483
METHOCARBAMOL 53 0 R 99 232
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 53 99 118
KETOPROFEN 52 20 102 414
OXCARBAZEPINE 52 46 102 315
ACTOS 52 38 102 115
ALPRAZOLAM 51 45 105 149
DIOVAN HCT 50 41 106 59
NIASPAN 50 22 106 127
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 Dec. 5, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.