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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,082Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 192 out of 1456

$881K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 151 out of 1456

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,085 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,061 706 S3 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 448 339 2 2
LISINOPRIL 447 289 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 402 309 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 347 247 5 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 347 253 5 22
TRAMADOL HCL 316 242 7 17
CARVEDILOL 314 212 8 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261 211 9 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 256 180 10 33
FUROSEMIDE 225 200 11 7
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 222 148 12 84
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 219 193 13 1
METFORMIN HCL 214 152 14 8
RISPERIDONE 199 178 15 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 187 158 16 141
LOVASTATIN 178 130 17 40
NEXIUM 164 112 18 23
PREDNISONE 159 117 19 42
GABAPENTIN 158 124 20 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 158 130 20 12
RANITIDINE HCL 156 128 22 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 144 89 23 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 108 24 24
MELOXICAM 122 106 25 30
MIRTAZAPINE 122 101 25 65
ATENOLOL 121 111 27 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 98 28 85
CLOPIDOGREL 113 83 29 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 96 29 34
DILTIAZEM ER 109 92 31 147
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 103 31 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 108 106 33 61
CEFUROXIME 102 71 34 138
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 57 35 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 74 36 19
PAROXETINE HCL 91 70 36 67
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 72 38 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 71 39 78
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 64 40 89
FENTANYL 86 49 S2 40 114
GEMFIBROZIL 86 75 40 117
NABUMETONE 84 74 43 212
ALPRAZOLAM 83 44 44 149
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 82 72 45 178
PLAVIX 82 73 45 46
GLIPIZIDE 79 70 47 53
NIFEDIPINE ER 78 59 48 81
ETODOLAC 78 65 48 273
CARISOPRODOL 78 20 R 48 80
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 48 51 21
TRAZODONE HCL 76 49 52 47
SERTRALINE HCL 75 52 53 25
CLONIDINE HCL 74 41 54 39
NAMENDA 74 73 54 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 73 54 56 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 61 57 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 67 57 29
PROAIR HFA 66 49 59 69
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 62 59 41
DIOVAN 65 64 61 35
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 54 62 87
CRESTOR 62 56 63 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 55 63 10
SYMBICORT 59 50 65 157
ALLOPURINOL 55 47 66 31
JANUMET 54 49 67 176
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 34 67 43
CYMBALTA 54 21 67 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 53 0 70 108
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 36 R 70 70
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 0 S2 70 173
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 53 45 R 70 259
SYNTHROID 51 38 74 37
DETROL LA 50 34 75 213
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. 3, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.