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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,481Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 276 out of 1456

$728K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 246 out of 1456

561 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

7% of this provider’s 561 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 561 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 8,981 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 422 348 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 419 326 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 373 278 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 325 266 4 1
LISINOPRIL 276 233 5 3
TRAMADOL HCL 275 205 6 17
MELOXICAM 259 199 7 30
RANITIDINE HCL 247 153 8 27
TRAZODONE HCL 222 137 9 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 203 155 10 22
METFORMIN HCL 198 117 11 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 188 106 12 11
GABAPENTIN 176 118 13 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 174 103 14 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 109 14 24
ATENOLOL 171 128 16 18
CARVEDILOL 168 141 17 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 167 166 18 29
FUROSEMIDE 161 112 19 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 152 123 20 9
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 142 80 21 89
GLIMEPIRIDE 131 71 22 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 118 23 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 108 23 15
NEXIUM 125 91 25 23
CLONIDINE HCL 121 74 26 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 111 27 36
CRESTOR 116 68 28 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 88 29 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 108 75 29 73
JANUVIA 104 78 31 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 82 32 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 70 33 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 86 34 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 77 35 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 66 36 16
PREDNISONE 84 62 37 42
CEFDINIR 81 59 38 216
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 65 39 64
NAMENDA 80 80 39 38
SINGULAIR 79 53 41 83
RISPERIDONE 78 76 42 72
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 45 S3 43 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 22 44 14
SERTRALINE HCL 73 51 45 25
ALLOPURINOL 71 25 46 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 50 47 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 47 48 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 37 49 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 31 R 49 70
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 55 51 78
MIRTAZAPINE 65 65 51 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 47 53 60
LEVETIRACETAM 63 37 54 97
SYNTHROID 63 35 54 37
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 61 56 48
FAMOTIDINE 59 53 57 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 46 57 41
AZITHROMYCIN 59 42 57 44
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 58 60 177
LIPITOR 58 29 60 76
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 46 60 79
FENTANYL 58 46 S2 60 114
FENOFIBRATE 57 46 64 56
CLOPIDOGREL 57 36 64 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 40 66 55
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 56 44 66 172
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 42 66 107
METHOCARBAMOL 55 30 R 69 232
TRICOR 53 41 70 92
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 April 8, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.