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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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67,780Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 1456

$4.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 1456

1,145 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,145 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 1,145 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 56,861 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

59 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
NAMENDA 2,449 2,286 10 1 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 2,447 2,119 2 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 2,074 1,929 10 3 29
LISINOPRIL 1,875 1,633 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,858 1,497 S3 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 1,736 1,602 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,579 1,342 7 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,513 1,364 8 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,419 1,308 9 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 1,347 1,080 10 22
FAMOTIDINE 1,272 1,140 10 11 45
MIRTAZAPINE 1,250 1,185 12 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,247 1,127 13 9
SIMVASTATIN 1,231 1,093 14 2
RANITIDINE HCL 1,213 1,048 15 27
RISPERIDONE 1,190 991 16 72
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,155 1,056 17 4
SERTRALINE HCL 972 825 18 25
GABAPENTIN 934 728 19 13
LANTUS 904 745 20 50
OMEPRAZOLE 901 730 21 5
CARVEDILOL 888 747 22 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 824 677 23 108
LEVETIRACETAM 773 575 24 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 770 696 25 48
EXELON 719 650 26 105
NOVOLIN R 718 647 10 27 133
CYMBALTA 713 634 28 52
TRAZODONE HCL 689 543 29 47
NOVOLOG 641 546 30 104
METFORMIN HCL 618 551 31 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 617 535 32 78
TRAMADOL HCL 595 539 33 17
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 583 399 S2 34 109
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 583 444 34 10
GLIPIZIDE 446 428 36 53
CLONIDINE HCL 442 328 37 39
CLOPIDOGREL 419 352 38 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 413 377 39 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 388 342 40 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 380 338 41 74
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 376 325 10 42 118
VALPROIC ACID 368 255 10 43 230
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 362 340 44 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 360 262 45 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 342 306 46 16
BACLOFEN 340 194 47 168
ATENOLOL 339 299 48 18
SANTYL 338 277 49 226
SEROQUEL 333 284 50 154
PLAVIX 333 281 50 46
DIGOXIN 323 297 52 62
NUEDEXTA 307 242 10 53 289
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 300 235 54 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 294 242 55 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 266 221 56 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 258 195 57 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 250 226 58 136
RAMIPRIL 249 221 59 98
DIOVAN 248 237 60 35
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 247 223 61 141
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 246 223 62 36
TRAVATAN Z 240 211 63 302
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 238 133 S2 64 173
LATANOPROST 232 208 65 275
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 230 191 66 107
HUMALOG 223 203 67 196
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 220 193 68 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 219 174 69 79
ALLOPURINOL 215 195 70 31
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 212 143 71 128
LIDODERM 209 186 72 166
FENTANYL 206 155 S2 73 114
LEVEMIR 204 187 74 161
NIFEDIPINE ER 190 144 75 81
PROMETHAZINE HCL 189 102 R 76 77
FINASTERIDE 182 174 77 110
PREDNISONE 177 139 78 42
OLANZAPINE 168 142 79 183
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 167 112 80 125
LACTULOSE 166 107 81 192
NOVOLIN 70-30 163 145 82 144
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 161 90 83 227
HUMULIN R 158 142 84 277
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 157 112 R 85 222
NEXIUM 152 128 86 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 146 127 87 73
MECLIZINE HCL 146 131 87 101
COLCRYS 139 112 89 122
CARBAMAZEPINE 137 68 90 280
TERAZOSIN HCL 135 124 91 142
DILTIAZEM HCL 130 116 92 223
LABETALOL HCL 129 95 93 180
PRIMIDONE 128 109 94 243
PAROXETINE HCL 126 97 95 67
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 125 123 96 84
LOVASTATIN 122 122 97 40
MELOXICAM 121 93 98 30
SPIRIVA 121 77 98 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 99 100 63
GEMFIBROZIL 119 85 101 117
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 118 112 102 184
NYSTATIN 117 99 103 237
GLIMEPIRIDE 116 74 104 33
MUPIROCIN 113 88 105 224
LEXAPRO 113 92 105 206
LAMOTRIGINE 112 68 107 258
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 112 112 107 126
FENOFIBRATE 111 98 109 56
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 111 79 109 350
PROPRANOLOL HCL 109 77 111 143
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 109 55 111 156
ABILIFY 108 75 113 244
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 108 103 113 384
CEPHALEXIN 105 81 115 123
LYRICA 104 82 116 91
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 104 80 116 167
OXCARBAZEPINE 99 64 118 315
CRESTOR 99 67 118 26
CEFTRIAXONE 99 87 118 263
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 99 85 118 89
KLOR-CON M20 97 66 122 51
AMIODARONE HCL 96 93 123 228
LUMIGAN 95 95 124 387
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 95 85 124 49
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 93 70 126 129
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 80 126 24
RENVELA 92 43 128 231
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 92 77 128 204
CALCITRIOL 91 78 130 221
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 91 76 130 234
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 36 R 132 66
AMOXICILLIN 89 71 132 112
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 88 67 134 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 64 134 28
CLONIDINE 88 79 134 328
PHENYTOIN 88 65 134 253
TIMOLOL MALEATE 86 82 138 378
JANUVIA 86 73 138 68
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 86 86 138 178
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 85 79 141 182
HALOPERIDOL 85 60 141 254
CALCIUM ACETATE 85 68 141 268
BUSPIRONE HCL 83 77 144 151
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 81 56 145 198
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 80 80 146 441
METHOCARBAMOL 79 60 R 147 232
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 78 40 148 299
TIZANIDINE HCL 78 22 148 116
METHADONE HCL 77 65 S2 150 190
SEROQUEL XR 75 43 151 317
GLYBURIDE 75 51 R 151 94
OXYCODONE HCL 72 16 S2 153 124
METRONIDAZOLE 69 52 154 294
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 62 R 154 179
TRICOR 69 49 154 92
IBUPROFEN 68 40 157 103
PROAIR HFA 65 26 158 69
AVODART 64 64 159 218
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 64 51 159 461
ACTOS 64 55 159 115
TRANSDERM-SCOP 61 56 162 348
ONDANSETRON HCL 59 20 163 319
PROCRIT 59 58 163 382
NAPROXEN 59 41 163 100
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 59 56 163 95
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 57 167 86
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 55 168 57
SODIUM CHLORIDE 54 45 169 480
COMBIGAN 53 44 170 483
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 31 171 158
FLUCONAZOLE 51 38 172 148
ENDOCET 50 0 S2 173 146
COMBIVENT 50 34 173 110
VOLTAREN 50 48 173 214
DETROL LA 50 50 173 213
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 Oct. 30, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.