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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,660Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 241 out of 1456

$925K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 1456

585 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

4% of this provider’s 585 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 585 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 10,488 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

23 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
OMEPRAZOLE 436 351 1 5
LISINOPRIL 424 349 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 390 343 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 318 249 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 254 5 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 237 198 6 14
SIMVASTATIN 235 175 7 2
MELOXICAM 227 212 8 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 174 9 24
METFORMIN HCL 212 159 10 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 202 119 S3 11 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 187 166 12 12
PREDNISONE 183 153 13 42
NAMENDA 178 171 14 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 151 14 15
SERTRALINE HCL 175 149 16 25
CARVEDILOL 171 128 17 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 169 169 18 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 166 129 19 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 156 20 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 158 130 21 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 150 22 11
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 135 23 139
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143 79 24 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 131 109 25 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL 123 88 26 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 81 27 55
SYNTHROID 112 107 28 37
NEXIUM 109 97 29 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 70 30 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 102 30 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 89 32 19
ALLOPURINOL 96 84 33 31
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 95 41 34 89
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 95 34 36
SPIRIVA 94 71 36 75
TRAMADOL HCL 87 59 37 17
PAROXETINE HCL 81 80 38 67
IBUPROFEN 81 46 38 103
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 81 77 38 182
RANITIDINE HCL 79 69 41 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 54 42 64
CLOPIDOGREL 77 58 43 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 63 44 78
DIGOXIN 75 74 45 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 51 45 74
LOVASTATIN 73 63 47 40
PROAIR HFA 73 53 47 69
GABAPENTIN 73 44 47 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 66 50 61
TRAZODONE HCL 71 45 51 47
LANTUS 71 55 51 50
ATENOLOL 67 57 53 18
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 18 R 53 77
ACTOS 66 61 55 115
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 63 56 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 47 56 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 50 58 60
ACTOPLUS MET 62 62 58 343
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 54 60 79
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 59 19 61 125
CARISOPRODOL 58 34 R 62 80
CRESTOR 58 55 62 26
TRICOR 58 26 62 92
FENOFIBRATE 57 35 65 56
RISPERIDONE 54 46 66 72
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 29 67 143
SUCRALFATE 53 37 67 171
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 47 69 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 36 69 84
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 28 69 16
GLIPIZIDE 50 39 72 53
PLAVIX 50 35 72 46
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 April 12, 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.