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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 108 out of 1456

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 101 out of 1456

362 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 362 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 362 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,126 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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 684 583 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 675 524 S3 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 520 435 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 486 432 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 447 377 5 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 379 301 6 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 368 295 7 15
MELOXICAM 340 266 8 30
LISINOPRIL 329 250 9 3
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 300 266 10 139
RANITIDINE HCL 291 234 11 27
FUROSEMIDE 286 250 12 7
NEXIUM 284 196 13 23
GABAPENTIN 276 182 14 13
CARVEDILOL 268 216 15 20
DIOVAN 257 223 16 35
METFORMIN HCL 252 185 17 8
TRAZODONE HCL 238 192 18 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 232 183 19 33
CLOPIDOGREL 220 193 20 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 205 151 21 21
CRESTOR 187 127 22 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 140 23 12
MIRTAZAPINE 173 138 24 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 25 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 157 116 26 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 155 114 27 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 104 28 43
SERTRALINE HCL 143 128 29 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 125 30 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 112 31 41
RISPERIDONE 139 109 31 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 107 33 10
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 132 125 34 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 106 35 19
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 123 88 36 128
ATENOLOL 123 76 36 18
LEVOFLOXACIN 121 98 38 79
PLAVIX 118 113 39 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 117 91 40 85
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 109 41 16
CELEBREX 104 104 42 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 76 43 63
CYMBALTA 102 68 43 52
AZITHROMYCIN 101 77 45 44
DIOVAN HCT 98 95 46 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 98 81 46 87
MECLIZINE HCL 97 97 48 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 51 48 28
TRAMADOL HCL 94 75 50 17
TOPIRAMATE 94 78 50 196
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 94 73 50 106
FENTANYL 92 77 S2 53 114
CARISOPRODOL 91 74 R 54 80
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 90 60 55 108
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 86 56 11
TORSEMIDE 84 57 57 145
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 54 57 55
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 74 59 9
DIGOXIN 79 68 60 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 79 71 60 81
TEKTURNA 78 60 62 288
TIZANIDINE HCL 78 72 62 116
ALLOPURINOL 77 59 64 31
PREMARIN 75 51 R 65 99
SUCRALFATE 70 64 66 171
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 53 67 61
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 59 68 158
SYNTHROID 68 64 68 37
NAMENDA 68 68 68 38
LEVETIRACETAM 68 25 68 97
CLONIDINE HCL 67 65 72 39
ZETIA 67 45 72 71
JANUVIA 66 60 74 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 39 75 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 64 47 75 120
RAMIPRIL 63 52 77 98
JANUMET 63 53 77 176
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 55 79 60
ACTOS 62 59 79 115
CARBAMAZEPINE 61 22 81 280
PAROXETINE HCL 59 35 82 67
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 59 40 82 207
LANTUS 59 31 82 50
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 58 39 85 299
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 53 85 178
SINGULAIR 58 34 85 83
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 44 R 88 70
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 26 89 163
PREDNISONE 55 52 90 42
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 54 91 93
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 54 43 91 227
ONGLYZA 53 49 93 202
NITROSTAT 51 32 94 233
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 45 94 89
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 40 94 64
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 33 R 97 77
EXELON 50 45 97 105
ABILIFY 50 33 97 244
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. 12, 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.