ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

15,600Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 176 out of 1456

$762K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 226 out of 1456

609 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

12% of this provider’s 609 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 609 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 11,451 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 531 410 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 523 426 2 2
LISINOPRIL 504 377 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 418 328 4 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 395 355 5 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 385 223 S3 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 339 290 7 12
CARVEDILOL 298 191 8 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 247 9 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 230 10 4
TRAMADOL HCL 267 185 11 17
TRAZODONE HCL 239 204 12 47
RISPERIDONE 236 159 13 72
NAMENDA 235 201 14 38
METFORMIN HCL 230 168 15 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 166 16 22
OMEPRAZOLE 210 160 17 5
GABAPENTIN 206 118 18 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 202 152 19 48
LEVETIRACETAM 180 82 20 97
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 172 125 21 78
FAMOTIDINE 170 148 22 45
SERTRALINE HCL 164 111 23 25
ATENOLOL 156 115 24 18
SANTYL 151 107 25 226
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 145 82 26 108
CLONIDINE HCL 145 82 26 39
MIRTAZAPINE 143 101 28 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 105 29 34
LANTUS 128 102 30 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 105 31 43
EXELON 126 121 32 105
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 118 66 S2 33 109
GLIPIZIDE 118 98 33 53
CLOPIDOGREL 116 86 35 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 74 36 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 61 37 11
NOVOLIN R 98 82 38 133
KLOR-CON M10 97 42 39 140
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 70 40 14
LABETALOL HCL 95 58 41 180
RANITIDINE HCL 94 60 42 27
PLAVIX 92 72 43 46
KLOR-CON M20 90 70 44 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 89 78 45 15
DIGOXIN 89 89 45 62
PROMETHAZINE HCL 89 44 R 45 77
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 42 R 48 66
PREDNISONE 87 63 49 42
PAROXETINE HCL 84 67 50 67
VALPROIC ACID 83 75 51 230
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 57 51 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 67 53 60
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 81 62 54 136
NOVOLOG 79 62 55 104
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 78 58 56 184
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 69 57 74
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 51 57 24
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 73 52 R 59 222
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 49 60 79
FENTANYL 70 57 S2 60 114
IBUPROFEN 64 40 62 103
HALOPERIDOL 64 46 62 254
AZITHROMYCIN 63 46 64 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 49 64 19
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 66 141
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 61 49 67 204
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 56 68 16
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 58 27 69 125
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 42 69 58
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 41 71 223
KLOR-CON 10 55 55 72 96
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 54 73 33
PROAIR HFA 54 40 73 69
AMOXICILLIN 54 38 73 112
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 17 73 128
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 35 77 9
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 52 41 77 172
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 79 84
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 47 80 280
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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.