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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,180Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 1456

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 95 out of 1456

564 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

13% of this provider’s 564 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

45% of this provider’s 564 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 12,446 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 1,543 722 S3 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,074 647 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 922 563 3 2
CARISOPRODOL 615 71 R 4 80
LISINOPRIL 589 287 5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 561 292 6 10
OMEPRAZOLE 512 320 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 473 212 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 459 285 9 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 421 190 10 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 355 252 11 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 353 230 12 4
PAROXETINE HCL 317 172 13 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 310 222 14 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 304 186 15 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 296 127 16 33
MELOXICAM 292 89 17 30
RANITIDINE HCL 288 147 18 27
NEXIUM 275 145 19 23
GABAPENTIN 273 113 20 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 196 21 24
ENDOCET 256 106 S2 22 146
ATENOLOL 251 138 23 18
PROMETHAZINE HCL 241 92 R 24 77
ZETIA 240 153 25 71
CARVEDILOL 230 142 26 20
CLOPIDOGREL 221 155 27 32
DIOVAN 220 139 28 35
CLONIDINE HCL 175 67 29 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 171 114 30 79
DIOVAN HCT 168 109 31 59
JANUVIA 163 62 32 68
LANTUS 161 97 33 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 160 137 34 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 158 102 35 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 82 36 22
RISPERIDONE 156 69 36 72
ALLOPURINOL 148 111 38 31
ACTOS 140 95 39 115
DIGOXIN 139 120 40 62
AMOXICILLIN 129 65 41 112
TIZANIDINE HCL 129 87 41 116
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 122 84 43 265
PREDNISONE 122 64 43 42
PLAVIX 118 89 45 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 114 60 46 64
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 114 55 S2 46 132
SERTRALINE HCL 114 76 46 25
GEMFIBROZIL 113 51 49 117
NABUMETONE 108 63 50 212
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 108 74 50 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 44 52 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 44 52 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 68 54 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 96 33 R 55 66
PROAIR HFA 96 49 55 69
SPIRIVA 95 60 57 75
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 47 58 48
SINGULAIR 93 36 59 83
TRAMADOL HCL 93 63 59 17
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 91 46 61 118
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 36 62 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 63 63 9
LYRICA 84 51 64 91
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 84 43 64 172
LIPITOR 83 59 66 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 51 67 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 65 68 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 44 69 43
SYMBICORT 74 43 69 157
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 44 71 141
DETROL LA 66 62 72 213
TRAZODONE HCL 66 46 72 47
CRESTOR 65 58 74 26
VYTORIN 64 52 75 175
RAMIPRIL 64 64 75 98
FELODIPINE ER 64 46 75 150
MECLIZINE HCL 64 47 75 101
DEXILANT 62 20 79 169
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 20 80 55
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 23 81 135
FLUCONAZOLE 60 32 81 148
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 22 83 16
VERAPAMIL ER 59 58 83 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 21 83 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 47 86 167
TRICOR 58 37 86 92
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 21 88 90
KLOR-CON M20 56 16 89 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 55 89 29
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 55 26 R 91 279
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 24 R 92 164
CYMBALTA 54 32 92 52
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 31 94 137
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 29 95 143
CILOSTAZOL 51 29 95 240
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 Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.