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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,688Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 270 out of 1456

$765K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 224 out of 1456

705 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

5% of this provider’s 705 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 705 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 9,182 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 728 605 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 500 403 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 457 245 S3 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 352 271 4 1
LISINOPRIL 328 254 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 281 203 6 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 277 200 7 10
FUROSEMIDE 270 227 8 7
SERTRALINE HCL 229 170 9 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 217 191 10 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 206 162 11 11
NEXIUM 194 97 12 23
ATENOLOL 189 124 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 133 14 12
CARVEDILOL 164 136 15 20
CLOPIDOGREL 147 115 16 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 137 107 17 15
GABAPENTIN 133 90 18 13
METFORMIN HCL 129 104 19 8
RANITIDINE HCL 125 89 20 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 105 20 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 107 22 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 91 23 41
CYMBALTA 119 73 24 52
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 94 25 9
PLAVIX 112 82 25 46
JANUVIA 111 71 27 68
TRAMADOL HCL 103 68 28 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 69 29 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 67 29 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 31 29
MELOXICAM 93 42 32 30
AZITHROMYCIN 90 61 33 44
DIOVAN HCT 90 58 33 59
TRAZODONE HCL 89 63 35 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 56 35 14
CRESTOR 89 79 35 26
JANUMET 86 52 38 176
METFORMIN HCL ER 85 53 39 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 60 40 16
ALLOPURINOL 74 63 41 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 54 R 42 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 47 43 63
RAMIPRIL 69 49 44 98
DIOVAN 69 64 44 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 45 46 28
AMOXICILLIN 68 49 46 112
SINGULAIR 68 44 46 83
NAMENDA 67 67 49 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 40 50 87
ROPINIROLE HCL 62 42 51 90
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 40 R 52 77
SYNTHROID 61 54 52 37
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 31 S2 54 132
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 38 54 135
CLONIDINE HCL 60 48 54 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 53 57 22
PREDNISONE 57 34 58 42
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 52 58 159
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 30 60 120
LEVETIRACETAM 55 42 61 97
KLOR-CON M20 55 40 61 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 40 63 58
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 11 R 64 119
LYRICA 52 0 65 91
GLIPIZIDE 51 39 66 53
PROAIR HFA 51 34 66 69
VERAPAMIL ER 50 48 68 82
PAROXETINE HCL 50 27 68 67
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 Nov. 12, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.