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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,032Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 230 out of 1456

$622K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 322 out of 1456

495 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

11% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,400 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
LISINOPRIL 691 567 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 599 544 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 516 446 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 473 401 4 1
LOVASTATIN 468 410 5 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 423 356 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 358 304 7 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 353 255 8 14
FUROSEMIDE 316 288 9 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 244 148 S3 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 241 222 11 15
NEXIUM 230 148 12 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 163 13 12
MELOXICAM 193 151 14 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 192 184 15 22
CLOPIDOGREL 191 156 16 32
METFORMIN HCL 190 146 17 8
ATENOLOL 182 149 18 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 178 158 19 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 142 20 10
GLIPIZIDE XL 169 121 21 134
DIOVAN 155 125 22 35
CARVEDILOL 141 118 23 20
PLAVIX 140 108 24 46
TRAMADOL HCL 132 113 25 17
SERTRALINE HCL 129 129 26 25
GABAPENTIN 125 101 27 13
DIGOXIN 125 121 27 62
CRESTOR 124 95 29 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 113 30 34
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 122 92 31 118
CYMBALTA 120 82 32 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 95 33 36
RANITIDINE HCL 115 93 33 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 114 95 35 21
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 66 36 64
CARISOPRODOL 84 12 R 37 80
KLOR-CON M20 81 39 38 51
LANTUS 80 58 39 50
ZETIA 79 67 40 71
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 50 40 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 77 42 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 69 42 60
LIPITOR 77 65 42 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 56 45 85
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 66 46 43
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 22 47 89
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 46 R 47 66
DEXILANT 71 37 47 169
ALPRAZOLAM 67 63 50 149
ALLOPURINOL 66 54 51 31
ENDOCET 65 17 S2 52 146
PREDNISONE 64 53 53 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 64 37 53 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 64 53 49
LYRICA 63 19 56 91
FENTANYL 63 39 S2 56 114
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 62 40 58 203
TRAZODONE HCL 62 56 58 47
TIZANIDINE HCL 60 49 60 116
OXYCODONE HCL 59 47 S2 61 124
ACTOS 58 52 62 115
SINGULAIR 58 41 62 83
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 20 S2 64 132
FAMOTIDINE 56 48 65 45
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 65 57
AZITHROMYCIN 55 45 67 44
FINASTERIDE 54 54 68 110
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 54 68 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 44 70 16
MECLIZINE HCL 53 43 70 101
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 37 72 61
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 Dec. 9, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.