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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,218Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 1456

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 1456

723 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

4% of this provider’s 723 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 723 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 18,366 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 822 737 1 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 754 634 2 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 708 531 S3 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 669 547 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 612 509 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 601 522 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 555 482 7 5
LISINOPRIL 433 339 8 3
SERTRALINE HCL 406 322 9 25
RANITIDINE HCL 392 354 10 27
METFORMIN HCL 378 300 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 354 325 12 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 328 307 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 306 14 12
GABAPENTIN 318 226 15 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 308 305 16 29
CARVEDILOL 277 229 17 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 274 180 18 14
TRAMADOL HCL 251 215 19 17
MELOXICAM 240 196 20 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 202 21 10
ATENOLOL 236 170 21 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 209 201 23 36
MIRTAZAPINE 198 188 24 65
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 184 25 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 190 162 25 58
DIOVAN 186 140 27 35
AZITHROMYCIN 185 144 28 44
NAMENDA 175 172 29 38
GLIPIZIDE ER 173 153 30 86
RISPERIDONE 167 124 31 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 162 153 32 89
CLOPIDOGREL 160 145 33 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 136 34 22
CRESTOR 157 138 35 26
BENAZEPRIL HCL 155 153 36 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 153 124 37 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 147 137 38 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137 113 39 16
PLAVIX 133 108 40 46
FENOFIBRATE 124 119 41 56
CYMBALTA 124 96 41 52
NIASPAN 117 101 43 127
CLONIDINE HCL 117 72 43 39
GLIPIZIDE 113 91 45 53
NEXIUM 107 78 46 23
TRAZODONE HCL 105 83 47 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 104 97 48 78
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 77 49 49
SINGULAIR 99 72 50 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 98 67 51 55
LEVETIRACETAM 97 86 52 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 71 53 24
BENICAR 95 93 54 130
RAMIPRIL 94 81 55 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 83 56 43
VERAPAMIL ER 92 80 57 82
HYDRALAZINE HCL 91 77 58 48
ZETIA 91 88 58 71
TRICOR 89 80 60 92
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 81 61 73
CARISOPRODOL 83 31 R 62 80
ALLOPURINOL 81 74 63 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 57 63 63
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 61 65 41
FENTANYL 78 38 S2 66 114
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 61 67 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 58 68 34
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 73 59 68 106
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 72 67 70 182
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 61 70 74
LACTULOSE 71 39 72 192
SYNTHROID 70 62 73 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 60 74 61
GEMFIBROZIL 69 69 74 117
ALPRAZOLAM 68 51 76 149
PAROXETINE HCL 68 66 76 67
NOVOLIN R 67 40 78 133
NOVOLOG 66 50 79 104
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 79 177
LOVASTATIN 65 59 81 40
FAMOTIDINE 65 56 81 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 60 R 81 66
FLUCONAZOLE 64 38 84 148
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 49 R 84 70
BYSTOLIC 63 49 86 102
DIOVAN HCT 63 61 86 59
MECLIZINE HCL 62 49 88 101
METFORMIN HCL ER 60 52 89 54
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 57 89 93
LYRICA 59 44 91 91
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 58 32 R 92 222
LANTUS 57 49 93 50
KLOR-CON M20 55 47 94 51
TRILIPIX 55 46 94 188
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 30 96 135
SEROQUEL 53 44 97 154
ESTRADIOL 52 30 R 98 153
NYSTATIN 52 43 98 237
DIGOXIN 52 49 98 62
NAPROXEN 51 38 101 100
JANUVIA 51 50 101 68
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 Aug. 16, 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.