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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,651Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 242 out of 1456

$567K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 369 out of 1456

540 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

12% of this provider’s 540 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 10,403 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

$42 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
LISINOPRIL 872 651 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 718 577 2 1
LOVASTATIN 601 475 3 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 601 467 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 463 308 5 7
CLONIDINE HCL 409 289 6 39
SIMVASTATIN 334 241 7 2
ATENOLOL 299 229 8 18
METFORMIN HCL 274 180 9 8
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 245 181 10 172
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 222 191 11 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 220 186 12 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 215 157 13 33
NAPROXEN 196 168 14 100
TRAMADOL HCL 185 145 15 17
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 170 116 16 126
RANITIDINE HCL 165 99 17 27
PAROXETINE HCL 164 118 18 67
FELODIPINE ER 157 157 19 150
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 150 112 20 12
ALLOPURINOL 144 137 21 31
LANTUS 138 107 22 50
PIROXICAM 136 104 23 400
GLIPIZIDE 120 92 24 53
METFORMIN HCL ER 117 89 25 54
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 115 82 26 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 81 27 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 102 28 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 102 82 29 15
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 101 73 30 120
CARVEDILOL 99 66 31 20
TERAZOSIN HCL 94 89 32 142
WARFARIN SODIUM 93 70 33 21
COLCRYS 90 81 34 122
GABAPENTIN 90 40 34 13
OMEPRAZOLE 89 73 36 5
IBUPROFEN 88 44 37 103
HYDRALAZINE HCL 88 78 37 48
CLOPIDOGREL 84 67 39 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 60 40 9
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 61 40 64
DIOVAN HCT 76 61 42 59
FLUOCINONIDE 75 54 43 314
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 63 43 63
CRESTOR 74 64 45 26
PROAIR HFA 73 52 46 69
AZITHROMYCIN 72 54 47 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 42 S3 48 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 49 49 34
DILTIAZEM ER 64 57 49 147
KLOR-CON M20 64 59 49 51
PLAVIX 62 57 52 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 38 52 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 61 54 87
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 53 55 86
PEN NEEDLE 58 21 56 131
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 47 S3 57 174
LEVETIRACETAM 57 57 57 97
ONGLYZA 55 35 59 202
VENTOLIN HFA 53 35 60 121
DIGOXIN 52 39 61 62
NOVOLIN 70-30 52 42 61 144
GEMFIBROZIL 51 51 63 117
BYSTOLIC 51 38 63 102
NAMENDA 51 51 63 38
SINGULAIR 50 30 66 83
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 March 5, 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.