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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,976Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 196 out of 1456

$814K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 188 out of 1456

491 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 491 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 491 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 9,480 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 848 590 1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 594 358 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 500 393 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 471 340 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 426 279 5 8
LISINOPRIL 407 274 6 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 316 212 7 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 306 169 8 14
RANITIDINE HCL 302 121 9 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 290 195 10 11
TRAMADOL HCL 276 206 11 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 275 183 S3 12 6
FENOFIBRATE 259 131 13 56
FUROSEMIDE 253 135 14 7
NEXIUM 209 121 15 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 193 122 16 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 176 148 17 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 169 115 18 33
GABAPENTIN 169 93 18 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 94 20 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 146 21 29
TRAZODONE HCL 152 97 21 47
ATENOLOL 152 86 21 18
ROPINIROLE HCL 152 99 21 90
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 151 107 25 12
LANTUS 151 84 25 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 149 75 27 15
SERTRALINE HCL 145 110 28 25
FLUOXETINE HCL 139 93 29 55
PROAIR HFA 135 68 30 69
PROMETHAZINE HCL 131 27 R 31 77
SIMVASTATIN 129 100 32 2
CRESTOR 127 59 33 26
ALLOPURINOL 121 62 34 31
CYMBALTA 117 73 35 52
MELOXICAM 117 63 35 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 101 37 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 76 38 36
ZETIA 105 81 39 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 100 68 40 21
SPIRIVA 96 51 41 75
VENTOLIN HFA 94 44 42 121
CARVEDILOL 88 67 43 20
NAMENDA 88 88 43 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 22 R 45 70
HYDROXYZINE HCL 85 60 R 45 164
DIOVAN 83 65 47 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 81 46 R 48 66
TRICOR 81 47 48 92
ACTOS 79 61 50 115
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 49 50 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 58 52 34
SINGULAIR 74 27 53 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 32 54 74
ALPRAZOLAM 67 41 55 149
PAROXETINE HCL 66 26 56 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 41 57 24
CLOPIDOGREL 62 49 58 32
CEFDINIR 60 39 59 216
DIOVAN HCT 59 14 60 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 54 60 41
BUPROPION HCL SR 57 16 62 185
TOPIRAMATE 57 0 62 196
SYMBICORT 57 0 62 157
AZELASTINE HCL 54 0 65 333
HUMALOG 54 27 65 196
GLIPIZIDE 53 52 67 53
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 68 177
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 44 68 28
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 Oct. 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.