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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,139Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 1456

$965K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 119 out of 1456

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

7% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 596 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 14,919 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
LISINOPRIL 991 606 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 885 537 2 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 864 623 3 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 832 550 4 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 705 531 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 673 461 6 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 619 353 7 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 613 344 S3 8 6
FAMOTIDINE 572 350 9 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 535 358 10 24
SERTRALINE HCL 497 360 11 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 496 282 12 15
METFORMIN HCL 444 221 13 8
FUROSEMIDE 440 242 14 7
CARVEDILOL 432 291 15 20
GABAPENTIN 429 260 16 13
KLOR-CON M20 398 214 17 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 394 202 18 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 390 185 19 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 327 166 20 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 286 263 21 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 267 223 22 21
NAPROXEN 250 98 23 100
ALLOPURINOL 235 176 24 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 235 144 24 11
MIRTAZAPINE 222 184 26 65
PREDNISONE 210 140 27 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 198 122 28 48
LEVETIRACETAM 195 139 29 97
AZITHROMYCIN 195 89 29 44
METFORMIN HCL ER 195 86 29 54
TERAZOSIN HCL 181 124 32 142
NEXIUM 181 128 32 23
CLOPIDOGREL 176 115 34 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 171 120 35 125
COMBIVENT 165 127 36 110
SPIRONOLACTONE 158 82 37 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 156 120 38 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 154 101 39 85
CEPHALEXIN 154 105 39 123
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 94 41 34
CLONIDINE HCL 151 58 41 39
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 139 39 S2 43 173
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 87 44 63
GEMFIBROZIL 136 65 44 117
NAMENDA 132 118 46 38
PROAIR HFA 130 71 47 69
INSULIN SYRINGE 126 65 48 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 111 49 36
ATENOLOL 122 62 50 18
NOVOLOG 118 112 51 104
PLAVIX 115 75 52 46
PAROXETINE HCL 112 65 53 67
LEVOFLOXACIN 109 71 54 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 70 54 16
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 103 41 R 56 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 44 57 28
CYMBALTA 93 27 58 52
RANITIDINE HCL 90 55 59 27
TRICOR 87 35 60 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 86 47 61 156
LANTUS 85 25 62 50
DIOVAN HCT 84 42 63 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 48 64 41
DIOVAN 81 52 65 35
RISPERIDONE 80 66 66 72
LACTULOSE 80 51 66 192
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 79 54 68 238
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 78 36 69 95
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 78 39 69 78
FELODIPINE ER 77 57 71 150
LIPITOR 76 33 72 76
CRESTOR 74 44 73 26
BACLOFEN 71 12 74 168
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 38 75 49
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 65 75 22
MELOXICAM 67 21 75 30
SINGULAIR 64 45 78 83
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 46 78 143
ROPINIROLE HCL 62 39 80 90
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 49 80 89
COLCRYS 62 40 80 122
FLOVENT HFA 62 47 80 361
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 35 84 128
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 34 84 43
NOVOLIN 70-30 60 38 86 144
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 47 86 159
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 47 88 61
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 58 88 136
DIGOXIN 58 40 90 62
ZETIA 58 39 90 71
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 39 90 118
ACTOS 57 28 93 115
MUPIROCIN 57 36 93 224
MECLIZINE HCL 57 47 93 101
TRAMADOL HCL 56 42 96 17
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 27 97 167
VENTOLIN HFA 53 21 98 121
IBUPROFEN 53 22 98 103
LYRICA 51 20 100 91
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 33 100 137
SEROQUEL 51 24 100 154
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 26 103 129
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 12, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.