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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,256Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 1456

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 1456

716 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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 716 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 17,579 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,198 1,004 1 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 920 804 2 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 908 654 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 875 658 4 12
FUROSEMIDE 706 550 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 605 541 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 574 426 7 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 557 504 8 87
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 502 436 9 16
LISINOPRIL 428 316 10 3
DIOVAN 393 368 11 35
GABAPENTIN 384 306 12 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 350 277 13 19
ALLOPURINOL 325 274 14 31
FAMOTIDINE 307 212 15 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 285 253 16 9
AMILORIDE HCL 283 207 10 17 344
METFORMIN HCL 279 209 18 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 264 220 19 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 241 175 20 21
MINOXIDIL 223 122 10 21 316
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 219 175 S3 22 6
ATENOLOL 209 190 23 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 207 168 24 34
SERTRALINE HCL 201 155 25 25
RENVELA 200 65 26 231
CARVEDILOL 196 126 27 20
NEXIUM 195 134 28 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 195 132 28 73
CLOPIDOGREL 194 172 30 32
ZETIA 184 167 31 71
GLIPIZIDE ER 182 139 32 86
PREDNISONE 180 121 33 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 159 34 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 172 172 35 49
KLOR-CON M20 160 122 36 51
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 158 152 37 126
INSULIN SYRINGE 154 92 38 64
PLAVIX 154 135 38 46
FELODIPINE ER 147 135 40 150
SENSIPAR 145 28 41 256
DIOVAN HCT 144 133 42 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 99 43 14
CHLORTHALIDONE 143 110 43 152
CRESTOR 139 132 45 26
PAROXETINE HCL 127 104 46 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 122 81 47 48
GLIPIZIDE XL 121 110 48 134
METOLAZONE 121 99 48 210
AZITHROMYCIN 120 86 50 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 116 89 51 22
CLONIDINE HCL 114 60 52 39
NASONEX 109 78 53 246
SYNTHROID 102 102 54 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 88 55 28
TRICOR 101 95 55 92
PREMARIN 97 91 R 57 99
NIFEDIPINE ER 94 88 58 81
HUMULIN 70-30 93 69 59 205
CALCIUM ACETATE 91 32 60 268
INDAPAMIDE 91 86 60 193
FLUOXETINE HCL 91 79 60 55
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 88 66 63 271
CALCITRIOL 88 73 63 221
RANITIDINE HCL 87 67 65 27
LANTUS 86 52 66 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 86 85 66 61
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 69 68 159
SINGULAIR 80 60 68 83
DILTIAZEM ER 79 47 70 147
PEN NEEDLE 78 61 71 131
FENOFIBRATE 76 72 72 56
METHOTREXATE 75 61 73 195
VERAPAMIL ER 73 61 74 82
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 58 75 79
GLYBURIDE 70 70 R 76 94
BUSPIRONE HCL 64 60 77 151
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 63 78 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 54 R 78 70
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 60 48 80 217
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 43 80 155
ALPRAZOLAM 59 58 82 149
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 25 R 83 77
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 33 83 43
GLIPIZIDE 57 33 85 53
TORSEMIDE 57 38 85 145
AMIODARONE HCL 56 51 87 228
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 33 87 144
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 48 89 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 45 90 57
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 38 90 63
SPS 54 50 90 400
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 51 93 36
LIPITOR 51 47 94 76
LYRICA 50 27 95 91
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 3, 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.