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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,828Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 141 out of 1456

$761K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 227 out of 1456

680 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

4% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 680 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 15,207 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 947 864 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 654 593 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 591 550 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 556 535 4 5
LISINOPRIL 450 395 5 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 425 398 6 19
SYNTHROID 395 368 7 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 381 355 8 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 348 315 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 335 291 10 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 330 253 S3 11 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 322 303 12 15
FUROSEMIDE 270 247 13 7
ATENOLOL 267 253 14 18
GABAPENTIN 246 222 15 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 235 222 16 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 195 17 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 201 189 17 36
FENOFIBRATE 183 156 19 56
NEXIUM 182 154 20 23
CRESTOR 180 158 21 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 176 161 22 61
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 168 157 23 12
TRAMADOL HCL 167 147 24 17
METFORMIN HCL 167 141 24 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 160 26 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 133 27 24
ALLOPURINOL 153 150 28 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 145 135 29 43
CARVEDILOL 138 123 30 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 138 131 30 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129 127 32 16
AZITHROMYCIN 123 101 33 44
CLOPIDOGREL 122 108 34 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 118 94 35 89
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 114 36 29
PROPRANOLOL HCL 114 92 37 143
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 104 38 9
CLONIDINE HCL 110 97 39 39
ZETIA 107 103 40 71
PLAVIX 99 81 41 46
AMOXICILLIN 99 84 41 112
SERTRALINE HCL 98 98 43 25
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 97 44 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 86 45 58
RANITIDINE HCL 91 71 46 27
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 84 R 47 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 87 48 49
CYMBALTA 84 84 49 52
AGGRENOX 78 78 50 220
MELOXICAM 77 54 51 30
NAMENDA 76 76 52 38
TRICOR 74 74 53 92
LANSOPRAZOLE 74 66 53 137
LOVASTATIN 73 73 55 40
RAMIPRIL 72 72 56 98
DIGOXIN 69 65 57 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 60 58 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 55 58 63
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 66 56 60 182
LIPITOR 66 59 60 76
TRAZODONE HCL 64 62 62 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 60 63 48
FINASTERIDE 61 60 64 110
MIRTAZAPINE 60 60 65 65
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 52 66 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 52 66 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 58 68 167
ALPRAZOLAM 58 58 68 149
PREMARIN 56 48 R 70 99
DIOVAN 56 56 70 35
CARISOPRODOL 54 33 R 72 80
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 51 72 60
BYSTOLIC 54 48 72 102
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 53 75 84
CELEBREX 53 53 75 88
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 47 77 55
PEN NEEDLE 52 52 77 131
PREDNISONE 52 47 77 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 52 77 73
DIOVAN HCT 50 39 81 59
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 April 15, 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.