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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,236Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 256 out of 1456

$605K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 336 out of 1456

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

4% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 482 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 11,435 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$46 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
LISINOPRIL 731 636 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 546 515 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 498 477 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 391 321 4 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 349 287 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 328 306 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 326 303 7 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 290 165 S3 8 6
GABAPENTIN 261 204 9 13
METFORMIN HCL 253 227 10 8
ATENOLOL 226 187 11 18
RANITIDINE HCL 223 205 12 27
MELOXICAM 212 199 13 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 178 14 11
LOVASTATIN 205 176 15 40
SERTRALINE HCL 183 163 16 25
DIOVAN 175 165 17 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 171 171 18 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 166 152 19 21
CARVEDILOL 153 138 20 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 148 147 21 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 145 127 22 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 113 23 14
CLOPIDOGREL 134 122 24 32
CRESTOR 123 114 25 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 119 115 26 15
GLIPIZIDE ER 112 100 27 86
PREDNISONE 110 88 28 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 93 29 19
CYMBALTA 99 54 29 52
PLAVIX 98 94 31 46
ALLOPURINOL 97 84 32 31
GLIPIZIDE 90 81 33 53
TRAMADOL HCL 88 82 34 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 87 83 35 58
ZETIA 86 79 36 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 85 36 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 85 83 38 12
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 80 66 39 95
LANTUS 79 64 40 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 70 40 34
SINGULAIR 78 43 42 83
NEXIUM 77 43 43 23
EVISTA 76 76 44 113
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 69 45 43
KLOR-CON M20 68 66 46 51
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 66 52 47 106
SYNTHROID 65 52 48 37
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 51 R 48 66
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 57 50 41
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 64 50 9
BENICAR 63 47 52 130
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 52 53 137
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 43 54 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 49 R 54 70
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 59 56 57
AZITHROMYCIN 59 41 56 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 50 58 90
DIGOXIN 57 57 59 62
JANUVIA 57 35 59 68
NAMENDA 56 56 61 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL 55 55 62 215
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 42 63 159
VERAPAMIL ER 53 53 64 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 52 65 22
BYSTOLIC 50 50 66 102
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 45 66 151
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 May 7, 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.