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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,414Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 283 out of 1456

$584K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 353 out of 1456

479 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 479 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 11,185 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 531 490 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 500 478 2 2
LISINOPRIL 449 401 3 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 368 312 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 354 343 5 5
FENOFIBRATE 336 318 6 56
METFORMIN HCL 328 317 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 308 286 8 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 245 225 9 12
FUROSEMIDE 227 216 10 7
SYNTHROID 212 198 11 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 188 12 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 183 173 13 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 145 S3 14 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 174 167 14 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 135 16 14
CRESTOR 173 157 16 26
MELOXICAM 173 153 16 30
ATENOLOL 159 136 19 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 158 151 20 57
GABAPENTIN 149 113 21 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 149 108 21 22
TRAMADOL HCL 136 104 23 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 112 24 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 131 106 24 49
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 127 95 26 84
SERTRALINE HCL 124 101 27 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 119 28 24
GEMFIBROZIL 119 95 29 117
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 110 30 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 101 31 10
CLOPIDOGREL 103 86 32 32
LANTUS 102 99 33 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 75 34 34
SINGULAIR 88 72 35 83
RANITIDINE HCL 87 85 36 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 82 37 16
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 79 38 48
PREDNISONE 77 75 39 42
ALLOPURINOL 76 67 40 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 58 41 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 75 41 29
NEXIUM 74 49 43 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 64 44 55
AZITHROMYCIN 71 64 45 44
KLOR-CON M20 71 71 45 51
PREMARIN 69 69 R 47 99
PAROXETINE HCL 66 66 48 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 53 R 49 70
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 60 49 177
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 51 41
DILTIAZEM ER 62 62 52 147
ZOSTAVAX 59 54 53 187
CYMBALTA 57 46 54 52
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 52 55 134
SYMBICORT 55 54 56 157
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 24 R 56 77
PLAVIX 55 46 56 46
NAMENDA 54 54 59 38
CARVEDILOL 53 46 60 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 46 60 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 62 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 50 63 120
DIOVAN 51 51 63 35
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 41 63 135
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 51 63 64
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 38 63 137
ALPRAZOLAM 50 50 68 149
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. 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.