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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,843Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 1456

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 1456

787 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

2% of this provider’s 787 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 787 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 24,017 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,152 1,020 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,049 904 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,027 937 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 970 831 4 2
LISINOPRIL 902 769 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 798 677 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 757 682 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 608 561 S3 8 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 608 538 8 14
METFORMIN HCL 596 463 10 8
ALLOPURINOL 530 480 11 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 495 449 12 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 476 373 13 10
GABAPENTIN 452 393 14 13
FAMOTIDINE 441 343 15 45
NAMENDA 414 412 16 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 408 331 17 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 393 369 18 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 335 286 19 48
TRAMADOL HCL 331 312 20 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 330 330 21 29
CARVEDILOL 327 282 22 20
ATENOLOL 299 275 23 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 278 248 24 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 258 225 25 34
CLOPIDOGREL 224 201 26 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 192 27 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 215 191 28 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 194 141 29 11
PLAVIX 189 171 30 46
CLONIDINE HCL 180 150 31 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 177 145 32 79
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 176 170 33 9
PAROXETINE HCL 175 158 34 67
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 168 164 35 61
AZITHROMYCIN 168 137 35 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 139 37 16
NOVOLOG 154 134 38 104
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 145 39 177
LANTUS 149 129 40 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 147 122 41 63
AMIODARONE HCL 147 135 41 228
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 125 43 41
NEXIUM 133 108 44 23
DIOVAN HCT 125 113 45 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 108 46 74
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 110 47 33
RISPERIDONE 121 109 48 72
GLIPIZIDE 121 118 48 53
DIOVAN 119 103 50 35
PREDNISONE 118 107 51 42
KLOR-CON M20 117 84 52 51
PREMARIN 115 96 R 53 99
VERAPAMIL ER 113 113 54 82
RANITIDINE HCL 112 103 55 27
GLIPIZIDE XL 111 78 56 134
EXELON 109 109 57 105
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 86 58 85
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 107 86 59 106
BUPROPION XL 100 82 60 165
TRAZODONE HCL 96 77 61 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 94 83 62 120
DILTIAZEM HCL 93 74 63 223
SERTRALINE HCL 93 89 63 25
SEROQUEL 93 78 63 154
NOVOLIN 70-30 90 78 66 144
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 90 53 66 156
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 71 68 36
BUSPIRONE HCL 87 62 69 151
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 78 70 60
RAMIPRIL 84 78 71 98
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 77 72 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 59 72 28
PEN NEEDLE 81 61 74 131
LIPITOR 80 55 75 76
SINGULAIR 78 61 76 83
COLCRYS 78 69 76 122
METHOCARBAMOL 77 67 R 78 232
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 68 78 49
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 40 80 125
FELODIPINE ER 76 67 80 150
LANSOPRAZOLE 75 65 82 137
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 53 83 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 65 R 83 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 49 85 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 46 85 64
LOVASTATIN 71 58 87 40
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 71 61 87 198
GLIPIZIDE ER 69 54 89 86
CEPHALEXIN 67 59 90 123
FENOFIBRATE 67 56 90 56
NIFEDIPINE ER 66 55 92 81
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 63 93 126
LEXAPRO 65 49 93 206
QUINAPRIL HCL 65 40 93 155
SYNTHROID 65 49 93 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 57 97 43
SPIRIVA 63 57 97 75
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 63 39 97 207
ZETIA 61 42 100 71
GLYBURIDE 60 59 R 101 94
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 43 101 135
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 60 60 101 136
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 57 104 178
CELEBREX 55 52 105 88
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 46 106 87
KLOR-CON 10 54 42 106 96
BACLOFEN 54 14 106 168
MELOXICAM 52 42 109 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 31 R 110 70
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 March 4, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.