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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,864Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 264 out of 1456

$791K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 213 out of 1456

437 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

6% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,213 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 459 423 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 423 389 2 7
LISINOPRIL 404 372 3 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 395 365 4 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 358 337 5 1
SIMVASTATIN 341 294 6 2
NAMENDA 340 322 7 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 314 277 8 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 291 239 9 21
MIRTAZAPINE 287 257 10 65
SERTRALINE HCL 273 224 11 25
OMEPRAZOLE 270 194 12 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 237 199 13 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 147 S3 14 6
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 181 177 15 49
LEVETIRACETAM 178 139 16 97
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 171 156 17 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 139 18 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 140 19 15
GABAPENTIN 142 82 20 13
RISPERIDONE 136 117 21 72
TRAMADOL HCL 133 117 22 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 108 23 48
JANUVIA 131 129 24 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 104 24 9
KLOR-CON M20 123 100 26 51
FAMOTIDINE 120 109 27 45
NOVOLIN R 118 115 28 133
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 103 29 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 111 104 30 58
LANTUS 108 106 31 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 97 78 32 108
TRAZODONE HCL 96 86 33 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 94 34 84
DIOVAN 93 51 35 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 92 88 36 19
PREDNISONE 92 92 36 42
CLOPIDOGREL 89 82 38 32
AZITHROMYCIN 84 81 39 44
CARVEDILOL 81 79 40 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 76 41 34
NOVOLIN N 78 78 42 189
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 74 42 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 73 44 63
ALLOPURINOL 74 74 44 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 61 46 33
RANITIDINE HCL 73 66 46 27
NIFEDIPINE ER 73 58 46 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 72 60 49 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 68 50 136
CLONIDINE HCL 68 60 51 39
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 59 52 74
ZETIA 63 63 53 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 55 53 28
VERAPAMIL ER 63 57 53 82
SYNTHROID 62 42 56 37
ATENOLOL 60 53 57 18
PLAVIX 55 46 58 46
FENTANYL 53 45 S2 59 114
LIPITOR 51 51 60 76
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 42 61 182
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 June 3, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.