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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,949Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 197 out of 1456

$829K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 179 out of 1456

601 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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 601 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 601 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 13,776 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 738 692 1 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 719 669 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 640 562 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 467 408 4 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 400 366 5 57
FUROSEMIDE 338 320 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 318 289 S3 7 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 301 285 8 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 298 294 9 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 277 253 10 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 266 243 11 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 263 239 12 16
INDAPAMIDE 249 223 13 193
GLIMEPIRIDE 222 218 14 33
ATENOLOL 197 179 15 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 181 16 29
GABAPENTIN 177 154 17 13
FELODIPINE ER 170 156 18 150
NEXIUM 168 155 19 23
SERTRALINE HCL 167 141 20 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 164 157 21 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 158 124 22 12
METFORMIN HCL 150 133 23 8
FENOFIBRATE 149 123 24 56
CRESTOR 143 140 25 26
LISINOPRIL 141 141 26 3
CYMBALTA 140 138 27 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 120 28 14
ZETIA 123 121 29 71
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 115 111 30 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 115 107 30 28
TRAMADOL HCL 114 98 32 17
EVISTA 112 111 33 113
QUINAPRIL HCL 111 109 34 155
SYNTHROID 106 106 35 37
CARVEDILOL 102 87 36 20
NAMENDA 98 98 37 38
VERAPAMIL ER 96 92 38 82
RAMIPRIL 91 87 39 98
CLOPIDOGREL 90 84 40 32
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 87 87 41 126
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 75 R 41 70
LANSOPRAZOLE 87 80 41 137
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 76 44 55
JANUVIA 86 86 44 68
PLAVIX 85 79 46 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 84 81 47 159
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 74 48 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 61 49 64
LANTUS 72 66 50 50
KLOR-CON M20 71 71 51 51
COUMADIN 70 63 52 225
ALLOPURINOL 69 68 53 31
RANITIDINE HCL 68 68 54 27
ACTOS 67 53 55 115
TRICOR 67 56 55 92
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 65 55 81
BUSPIRONE HCL 64 63 58 151
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 59 59 89
WELCHOL 60 59 60 194
TRAZODONE HCL 60 59 60 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 56 60 60
DIGOXIN 60 60 60 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 58 64 61
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 53 64 54
BYSTOLIC 57 52 66 102
DIOVAN 57 57 66 35
FAMOTIDINE 54 54 68 45
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 38 68 139
NIASPAN 53 53 70 127
EXELON 53 53 70 105
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 41 R 72 66
CELEBREX 51 51 72 88
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 51 51 72 208
LIPITOR 50 45 75 76
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 Sept. 1, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.