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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,169Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 1456

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 1456

905 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 905 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 905 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 17,568 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SYNTHROID 619 577 1 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 610 580 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 566 488 S3 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 560 513 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 469 406 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 468 440 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 414 387 7 2
LISINOPRIL 378 351 8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 338 313 9 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 319 299 10 9
NAMENDA 264 263 11 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 260 241 12 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 241 13 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 256 223 14 14
SERTRALINE HCL 248 221 15 25
RANITIDINE HCL 242 221 16 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 241 213 17 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 229 227 18 16
CARVEDILOL 228 209 19 20
GABAPENTIN 227 207 20 13
NEXIUM 221 189 21 23
TRAMADOL HCL 221 198 21 17
METFORMIN HCL 217 181 23 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 179 24 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 185 181 25 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 184 173 26 19
DIOVAN 176 164 27 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 176 151 27 57
CLOPIDOGREL 172 161 29 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 172 162 29 78
CRESTOR 171 155 31 26
EXELON 165 165 32 105
CLONIDINE HCL 155 154 33 39
MIRTAZAPINE 145 141 34 65
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 132 35 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 120 36 28
ATENOLOL 128 119 37 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 116 38 74
FLUOXETINE HCL 119 95 39 55
PLAVIX 110 105 40 46
VERAPAMIL ER 109 100 41 82
CYMBALTA 109 66 41 52
FAMOTIDINE 107 95 43 45
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 101 44 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 100 45 29
TRAZODONE HCL 95 92 46 47
ALPRAZOLAM 94 84 47 149
BENICAR 94 94 47 130
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 93 49 41
COUMADIN 89 89 50 225
RAMIPRIL 87 62 51 98
FENTANYL 87 74 S2 51 114
SINGULAIR 86 84 53 83
CELEBREX 85 79 54 88
MELOXICAM 85 76 54 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 84 84 56 33
LANTUS 84 83 56 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 84 60 R 56 66
ALLOPURINOL 82 81 59 31
LIPITOR 82 82 59 76
PREDNISONE 82 77 59 42
RISPERIDONE 81 81 62 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 80 63 60
JANUVIA 79 78 64 68
AZITHROMYCIN 79 71 64 44
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 76 74 66 182
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 73 67 48
AGGRENOX 71 71 68 220
TRILIPIX 70 67 69 188
PREMARIN 69 63 R 70 99
CEPHALEXIN 66 64 71 123
LIDODERM 64 63 72 166
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 63 56 73 242
MECLIZINE HCL 63 61 73 101
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 61 73 63
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 61 76 135
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 61 76 24
GLYBURIDE 61 46 R 78 94
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 60 79 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 58 79 107
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 50 R 79 77
LYRICA 60 58 79 91
CILOSTAZOL 59 59 83 240
SEROQUEL 59 59 83 154
FLUCONAZOLE 58 49 85 148
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 56 47 86 359
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 55 87 159
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 54 87 167
TIZANIDINE HCL 55 33 87 116
CEFTRIAXONE 54 54 90 263
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 50 91 143
LEXAPRO 53 52 91 206
BUPROPION XL 52 38 93 165
PROAIR HFA 52 45 93 69
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 51 51 95 178
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.