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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,134Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 644 out of 1456

$338K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 665 out of 1456

227 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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 227 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 227 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 5,477 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 313 281 S3 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 310 294 2 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 219 198 3 14
SIMVASTATIN 211 179 4 2
TRAMADOL HCL 154 125 5 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 153 140 6 1
NEXIUM 141 114 7 23
LISINOPRIL 105 99 8 3
SERTRALINE HCL 92 85 9 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 81 10 11
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 90 80 11 106
FUROSEMIDE 84 73 12 7
METFORMIN HCL 83 83 13 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 73 13 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 63 15 19
CEFUROXIME 74 64 16 138
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 65 17 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 59 18 29
CARISOPRODOL 65 13 R 19 80
ATENOLOL 64 64 20 18
ZETIA 64 63 20 71
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 58 22 34
RAMIPRIL 58 48 22 98
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56 56 24 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 53 25 10
GABAPENTIN 55 48 25 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 46 25 22
OMEPRAZOLE 54 44 28 5
MELOXICAM 54 51 28 30
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 Dec. 3, 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.