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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,556Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 1456

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 1456

874 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

9% of this provider’s 874 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 874 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 19,768 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
FUROSEMIDE 818 634 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 809 659 S3 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 732 634 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 732 608 3 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 621 518 5 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 578 466 6 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 555 437 7 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 509 396 8 12
OMEPRAZOLE 493 366 9 5
LISINOPRIL 490 389 10 3
METFORMIN HCL 467 305 11 8
GABAPENTIN 457 388 12 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 416 324 13 15
NAMENDA 369 367 14 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 365 320 15 19
PREDNISONE 352 300 16 42
SIMVASTATIN 349 318 17 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 312 18 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 312 265 19 14
CARVEDILOL 307 248 20 20
LOVASTATIN 304 238 21 40
RANITIDINE HCL 226 178 22 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 222 209 23 78
HYDRALAZINE HCL 216 162 24 48
DIOVAN 216 202 24 35
LANTUS 211 177 26 50
TRAMADOL HCL 203 164 27 17
MELOXICAM 199 160 28 30
TRAZODONE HCL 197 153 29 47
SERTRALINE HCL 196 169 30 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 187 176 31 21
ATENOLOL 180 154 32 18
CLOPIDOGREL 179 161 33 32
FAMOTIDINE 178 167 34 45
ALLOPURINOL 178 148 34 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 177 169 36 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 130 37 41
DIOVAN HCT 169 153 38 59
FENOFIBRATE 166 129 39 56
CLONIDINE HCL 165 117 40 39
CYMBALTA 161 137 41 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 134 S2 42 109
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 129 43 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 138 109 44 33
MIRTAZAPINE 135 133 45 65
AZITHROMYCIN 134 99 46 44
RISPERIDONE 130 99 47 72
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 106 48 24
PLAVIX 126 121 49 46
CEPHALEXIN 126 89 49 123
NEXIUM 124 100 51 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 97 52 10
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 121 88 53 107
EXELON 112 112 54 105
SEROQUEL 112 105 54 154
GLIPIZIDE 107 99 56 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 106 82 57 108
FLUOXETINE HCL 106 93 57 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 59 57 64
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 105 61 60 125
LEVETIRACETAM 103 61 61 97
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 102 100 62 141
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 97 63 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 84 64 58
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 96 93 65 178
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 56 R 66 77
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 84 67 28
NOVOLIN R 90 85 67 133
CRESTOR 89 48 69 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 69 69 79
KLOR-CON M10 88 63 71 140
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 54 72 43
LEVEMIR 86 75 72 161
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 68 72 60
JANUVIA 83 57 75 68
VERAPAMIL HCL 83 69 75 304
PROAIR HFA 82 50 77 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 42 R 78 66
ZOSTAVAX 75 64 79 187
NOVOLOG 74 51 80 104
PAROXETINE HCL 73 67 81 67
DIGOXIN 70 63 82 62
SANTYL 68 46 83 226
GLYBURIDE 67 50 R 84 94
NOVOLIN 70-30 65 48 85 144
HUMALOG 64 49 86 196
COLCRYS 62 36 87 122
KLOR-CON M20 62 60 87 51
BACLOFEN 62 23 87 168
SPIRIVA 55 49 90 75
METHOTREXATE 54 48 91 195
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 53 S2 91 132
MUPIROCIN 53 33 93 224
AMOXICILLIN 52 34 94 112
RAMIPRIL 52 41 94 98
NYSTATIN 50 42 96 237
VENTOLIN HFA 50 17 96 121
PEN NEEDLE 50 35 96 131
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 28 96 223
OLANZAPINE 50 36 96 183
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 July 8, 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.