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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,852Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 199 out of 1456

$660K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 295 out of 1456

449 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

6% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 9,483 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 714 414 S3 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 628 423 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 530 369 3 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 393 282 4 24
OMEPRAZOLE 385 256 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 380 264 6 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 341 196 7 14
FUROSEMIDE 332 222 8 7
LISINOPRIL 293 173 9 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 267 217 10 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 178 11 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 200 102 R 12 66
GABAPENTIN 195 122 13 13
CARVEDILOL 194 118 14 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 191 75 15 22
TRAMADOL HCL 189 113 16 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 186 131 17 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 172 120 18 15
PROAIR HFA 161 90 19 69
LOVASTATIN 157 92 20 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 120 21 16
MELOXICAM 153 111 22 30
NEXIUM 149 69 23 23
ATENOLOL 144 102 24 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 140 61 25 55
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 135 98 26 9
SERTRALINE HCL 134 92 27 25
CARISOPRODOL 129 55 R 28 80
IBUPROFEN 128 70 29 103
AZITHROMYCIN 119 73 30 44
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 110 82 31 95
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 106 66 32 12
GLIPIZIDE 104 76 33 53
FENOFIBRATE 103 50 34 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 75 34 34
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 100 68 36 129
PROMETHAZINE HCL 99 48 R 37 77
TRAZODONE HCL 97 69 38 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 64 39 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 54 40 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 54 41 41
CLOPIDOGREL 89 60 42 32
RANITIDINE HCL 88 38 43 27
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 85 50 44 107
PREDNISONE 84 34 45 42
TRICOR 81 46 46 92
FAMOTIDINE 80 44 47 45
DIOVAN HCT 73 56 48 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 47 49 36
PLAVIX 71 53 50 46
FLUCONAZOLE 70 39 51 148
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 68 47 52 118
CELEBREX 68 53 52 88
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 45 52 28
GEMFIBROZIL 67 55 55 117
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 30 R 56 70
AMOXICILLIN 63 37 57 112
ALLOPURINOL 63 36 57 31
KLOR-CON M20 62 33 59 51
JANUVIA 62 57 59 68
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 59 61 84
MECLIZINE HCL 58 51 62 101
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 41 63 19
PREMARIN 57 31 R 63 99
COMBIVENT 56 36 65 110
QUINAPRIL HCL 55 34 66 155
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 41 66 43
CYMBALTA 54 39 68 52
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 25 69 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 42 70 61
PAROXETINE HCL 52 47 70 67
LORATADINE 52 41 70 487
GLIPIZIDE ER 51 41 73 86
ZETIA 50 21 74 71
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.