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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,031Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 164 out of 1456

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 66 out of 1456

863 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

2% of this provider’s 863 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 863 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 14,027 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

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 634 571 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 567 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 619 576 3 2
LISINOPRIL 497 451 4 3
METHOTREXATE 331 258 5 195
PREDNISONE 293 220 6 42
METFORMIN HCL 280 230 7 8
TRAMADOL HCL 268 245 8 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 263 258 9 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 212 10 22
OMEPRAZOLE 237 200 11 5
FUROSEMIDE 232 208 12 7
NAMENDA 218 218 13 38
GABAPENTIN 214 161 14 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 178 15 11
SULINDAC 193 152 16 291
AZITHROMYCIN 188 168 17 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 188 156 17 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 187 167 19 9
ATENOLOL 175 173 20 18
TRAZODONE HCL 171 142 21 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 170 136 S3 22 6
CARVEDILOL 167 157 23 20
MELOXICAM 165 140 24 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 163 152 25 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 142 142 26 33
DIOVAN 136 136 27 35
SERTRALINE HCL 131 128 28 25
ALLOPURINOL 127 106 29 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 121 29 43
COLCRYS 125 93 31 122
WARFARIN SODIUM 125 99 31 21
FENOFIBRATE 125 111 31 56
LANTUS 125 101 31 50
JANUVIA 123 115 35 68
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 121 87 36 217
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 98 37 19
ENBREL 109 69 38 347
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 101 39 61
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 84 40 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 94 41 16
CRESTOR 99 89 42 26
MIRTAZAPINE 99 97 42 65
EXELON 98 95 44 105
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 62 45 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 83 62 46 89
PROAIR HFA 83 80 46 69
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 74 46 63
SPIRIVA 82 77 49 75
KLOR-CON M20 81 64 50 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 67 50 58
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 79 52 78
LOVASTATIN 76 74 53 40
FINASTERIDE 72 59 54 110
RAMIPRIL 70 69 55 98
CLOPIDOGREL 70 63 55 32
CLONIDINE HCL 70 63 55 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 69 58 34
CEPHALEXIN 69 66 58 123
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 63 58 120
NOVOLOG 68 53 61 104
RISPERIDONE 66 58 62 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 59 63 10
IBUPROFEN 64 44 63 103
PLAVIX 63 58 65 46
AGGRENOX 61 50 66 220
LEFLUNOMIDE 61 54 66 335
VOLTAREN 60 58 68 214
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 59 52 69 106
GLIPIZIDE 56 49 70 53
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 56 56 70 95
LIPITOR 56 51 70 76
RANITIDINE HCL 55 32 73 27
OXCARBAZEPINE 55 51 73 315
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 75 59
BENICAR 54 48 75 130
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 41 77 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 46 77 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 51 77 49
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 Feb. 10, 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.