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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,463Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 1456

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 107 out of 1456

602 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 602 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 602 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 19,790 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 814 729 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 715 669 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 700 654 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 688 633 4 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 659 621 5 15
FUROSEMIDE 633 587 6 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 528 490 7 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 509 381 S3 8 6
SERTRALINE HCL 437 392 9 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 395 356 10 11
LISINOPRIL 391 315 11 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 391 346 11 12
METFORMIN HCL 385 317 13 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 372 343 14 10
CRESTOR 371 331 15 26
RANITIDINE HCL 353 327 16 27
DIGOXIN 329 319 17 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 312 268 18 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 294 293 19 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 280 264 20 9
ATENOLOL 273 232 21 18
NAMENDA 239 234 22 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 239 232 22 16
GLIPIZIDE 236 211 24 53
MELOXICAM 233 225 25 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 212 195 26 29
TRAMADOL HCL 209 197 27 17
ALLOPURINOL 199 198 28 31
CARVEDILOL 199 185 28 20
FENOFIBRATE 198 171 30 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 195 188 R 31 70
GABAPENTIN 174 129 32 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 172 167 33 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 171 152 34 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 171 165 34 36
SYNTHROID 170 168 36 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 163 156 37 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 139 38 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 142 129 39 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 113 39 22
NEXIUM 135 132 41 23
LANTUS 133 97 42 50
JANUVIA 125 113 43 68
BENICAR 124 123 44 130
TAMSULOSIN HCL 122 104 45 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 95 46 28
DIOVAN 115 106 47 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 97 48 24
CLONIDINE HCL 110 82 49 39
PREDNISONE 109 79 50 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 108 105 51 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 92 51 78
BYSTOLIC 107 89 53 102
GLIPIZIDE ER 105 99 54 86
CLOPIDOGREL 104 76 55 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 89 56 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 98 95 57 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 84 58 58
MIRTAZAPINE 93 93 59 65
VERAPAMIL ER 92 88 60 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 88 83 61 167
SUCRALFATE 86 84 62 171
TRAZODONE HCL 85 55 63 47
PLAVIX 84 67 64 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 65 65 64
FAMOTIDINE 79 43 66 45
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 79 66 49
EXELON 77 67 68 105
PROPRANOLOL HCL 76 75 69 143
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 65 70 129
PREMARIN 75 71 R 70 99
CELEBREX 72 59 72 88
GEMFIBROZIL 71 66 73 117
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 56 73 63
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 71 53 73 203
PROAIR HFA 70 61 76 69
NABUMETONE 70 70 76 212
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 37 R 78 66
MECLIZINE HCL 69 69 78 101
LIPITOR 68 64 80 76
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 61 81 57
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 62 81 107
LOVASTATIN 67 59 81 40
LYRICA 67 49 81 91
DIOVAN HCT 65 57 85 59
KLOR-CON M20 64 58 86 51
PAROXETINE HCL 63 48 87 67
OXCARBAZEPINE 62 26 88 315
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 62 88 93
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 48 90 128
BENICAR HCT 60 60 91 160
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 48 92 118
EVISTA 58 58 93 113
FINASTERIDE 57 57 94 110
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 34 95 89
OLANZAPINE 55 34 96 183
AZITHROMYCIN 55 45 96 44
TRICOR 54 40 98 92
RAMIPRIL 53 53 99 98
NOVOLIN 70-30 51 36 100 144
ZETIA 51 50 100 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 46 102 74
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 June 13, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.