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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,243Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 187 out of 1456

$707K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 261 out of 1456

627 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

7% of this provider’s 627 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 13,788 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 633 563 1 2
LISINOPRIL 600 541 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 567 540 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 525 486 4 10
OMEPRAZOLE 497 478 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 458 420 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 427 371 7 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 320 271 8 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 297 265 9 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 296 280 10 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 257 234 11 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 252 216 12 22
SYNTHROID 247 232 13 37
FUROSEMIDE 242 227 14 7
MELOXICAM 238 225 15 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 219 214 S3 16 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 205 180 17 16
RANITIDINE HCL 195 161 18 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 165 19 12
NEXIUM 190 154 20 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 185 174 21 15
ALLOPURINOL 175 146 22 31
ATENOLOL 175 133 22 18
DIOVAN 172 167 24 35
TRAMADOL HCL 159 140 25 17
CARVEDILOL 142 123 26 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 142 126 26 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 140 134 28 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 133 28 21
CRESTOR 137 136 30 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 130 130 31 29
TRAZODONE HCL 123 100 32 47
TRICOR 122 122 33 92
GABAPENTIN 110 100 34 13
ALPRAZOLAM 110 105 34 149
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 110 93 34 84
BENAZEPRIL HCL 106 91 37 57
ZETIA 101 100 38 71
CLOPIDOGREL 99 98 39 32
CLONIDINE HCL 98 86 40 39
JANUVIA 98 98 40 68
AZITHROMYCIN 89 87 42 44
DIOVAN HCT 87 87 43 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 82 43 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 86 45 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 86 45 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 86 45 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 83 R 48 70
VERAPAMIL ER 81 80 49 82
LIPITOR 79 70 50 76
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 62 51 93
CYMBALTA 77 51 51 52
PREDNISONE 74 71 53 42
CELEBREX 73 72 54 88
CEFUROXIME 73 64 54 138
NAMENDA 68 68 56 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 68 56 60
PLAVIX 68 66 56 46
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 56 59 79
SERTRALINE HCL 60 54 60 25
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 41 60 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 41 60 120
QUINAPRIL HCL 59 59 63 155
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 57 64 167
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 54 65 143
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 54 65 43
SPIRIVA 55 47 67 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 39 68 28
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 69 53
FENOFIBRATE 53 41 69 56
MIRTAZAPINE 52 52 71 65
EVISTA 51 51 72 113
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 Aug. 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.