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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,997Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 378 out of 1456

$593K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 342 out of 1456

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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

6% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 480 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 8,796 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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

21 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 354 322 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 313 230 S3 2 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 217 182 3 12
FUROSEMIDE 162 139 4 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 159 145 5 9
SIMVASTATIN 153 125 6 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 141 7 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 107 8 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 130 8 11
OMEPRAZOLE 130 118 10 5
MELOXICAM 129 109 11 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 127 123 12 1
TRAMADOL HCL 126 105 13 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 112 14 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 122 122 15 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 109 16 14
CLOPIDOGREL 113 107 17 32
NEXIUM 110 110 18 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109 99 19 19
KLOR-CON M20 108 92 20 51
LISINOPRIL 108 92 20 3
PREDNISONE 105 93 22 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 89 23 33
ATENOLOL 90 87 24 18
RANITIDINE HCL 88 57 25 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 86 86 26 21
GABAPENTIN 84 65 27 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 82 28 34
VERAPAMIL HCL 83 75 28 304
CARVEDILOL 83 83 28 20
METFORMIN HCL ER 81 78 31 54
FENOFIBRATE 77 75 32 56
METFORMIN HCL 75 71 33 8
ALLOPURINOL 73 70 34 31
PLAVIX 72 70 35 46
GLIPIZIDE 72 67 35 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 65 37 58
NAMENDA 68 67 38 38
DIGOXIN 67 67 39 62
SYNTHROID 66 65 40 37
CELEBREX 65 65 41 88
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 63 42 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 61 42 41
LYRICA 62 57 44 91
FAMOTIDINE 62 49 44 45
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 59 45 R 46 119
EVISTA 58 52 47 113
INDAPAMIDE 58 56 47 193
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 53 49 107
TRICOR 55 49 50 92
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 47 50 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 54 52 90
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 39 52 57
JANUMET 54 50 52 176
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 48 55 137
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 33 55 84
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 35 R 57 77
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 57 29
LOVASTATIN 50 45 59 40
AZITHROMYCIN 50 42 59 44
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 Sept. 25, 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.