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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,917Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 1456

$1.52M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 1456

1,344 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,344 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 1,344 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 18,846 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

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,062 883 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 973 637 S3 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 762 622 3 5
LISINOPRIL 706 610 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 685 596 5 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 481 388 6 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 468 361 7 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 463 404 8 9
SIMVASTATIN 458 358 9 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 432 378 10 16
GABAPENTIN 396 325 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 360 285 12 8
FUROSEMIDE 360 266 12 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 358 295 14 12
SERTRALINE HCL 333 271 15 25
TRAMADOL HCL 312 258 16 17
ATENOLOL 289 244 17 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 276 257 18 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 273 265 19 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 211 20 10
FENOFIBRATE 238 204 21 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 231 204 22 36
ALLOPURINOL 219 186 23 31
SYNTHROID 208 181 24 37
NEXIUM 205 150 25 23
TRAZODONE HCL 186 147 26 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 184 153 27 33
CYMBALTA 184 153 27 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 166 29 19
MELOXICAM 167 143 30 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 116 31 24
CARVEDILOL 158 126 32 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 148 123 33 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 134 34 43
LOVASTATIN 143 136 35 40
AZITHROMYCIN 141 106 36 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 138 92 37 55
BUPROPION XL 138 93 37 165
RANITIDINE HCL 137 125 39 27
CLOPIDOGREL 136 122 40 32
DIOVAN 132 117 41 35
NAMENDA 130 120 42 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 96 43 58
PLAVIX 120 103 44 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 108 45 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 116 80 46 21
CLONIDINE HCL 114 75 47 39
VESICARE 113 107 48 200
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 73 R 49 66
CARISOPRODOL 108 28 R 49 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 73 51 63
LEVOFLOXACIN 106 71 52 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 92 52 15
VERAPAMIL ER 105 86 54 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 96 55 57
GLIPIZIDE 101 81 56 53
PROAIR HFA 97 64 57 69
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 94 74 58 89
SPIRIVA 93 73 59 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 93 87 59 61
TIZANIDINE HCL 93 61 59 116
ESTRADIOL 92 54 R 62 153
CELEBREX 92 69 62 88
FLUCONAZOLE 91 58 64 148
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 32 S2 64 132
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 55 R 66 70
KLOR-CON M10 88 73 67 140
AMOXICILLIN 86 63 68 112
PAROXETINE HCL 85 85 69 67
CEFUROXIME 85 70 69 138
GLYBURIDE 83 58 R 71 94
TRICOR 81 61 72 92
ROPINIROLE HCL 80 64 73 90
KLOR-CON M20 79 70 74 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 72 75 41
CLONAZEPAM 78 65 75 264
MECLIZINE HCL 77 67 77 101
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 32 R 77 77
CEPHALEXIN 76 56 79 123
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 53 80 129
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 74 49 81 95
SINGULAIR 74 59 81 83
TERAZOSIN HCL 71 71 83 142
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 63 83 84
LANSOPRAZOLE 71 59 83 137
METFORMIN HCL ER 70 53 86 54
EVISTA 68 57 87 113
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 48 88 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 67 50 88 143
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 51 88 74
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 66 63 91 156
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 61 92 167
CRESTOR 64 51 92 26
DIOVAN HCT 63 46 94 59
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 62 45 95 106
FINASTERIDE 62 52 95 110
ZETIA 61 61 97 71
ALPRAZOLAM 61 50 97 149
LANTUS 61 44 97 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 47 100 49
LYRICA 58 24 100 91
JANUVIA 57 44 102 68
BENICAR 56 49 103 130
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 56 12 S2 103 346
PREDNISONE 56 42 103 42
OXYCODONE HCL 55 15 S2 106 124
ZOSTAVAX 54 45 107 187
BUPROPION HCL SR 53 35 108 185
METHADONE HCL 53 25 S2 108 190
ACYCLOVIR 52 44 110 391
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 52 110 126
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 39 112 64
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 Jan. 30, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.