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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,191Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 103 out of 1456

$842K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 170 out of 1456

1,057 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,057 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 1,057 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 13,324 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 970 692 1 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 656 490 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 643 464 3 1
CARVEDILOL 552 435 4 20
SIMVASTATIN 549 380 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 524 301 6 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 514 380 7 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 470 370 8 4
FENOFIBRATE 423 303 9 56
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 394 246 S3 10 6
METFORMIN HCL 379 222 11 8
FUROSEMIDE 377 259 12 7
RANITIDINE HCL 353 199 13 27
OMEPRAZOLE 351 217 14 5
GABAPENTIN 345 212 15 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 287 223 16 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 277 164 17 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 240 181 18 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 234 162 19 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 229 167 20 55
TRAMADOL HCL 219 137 21 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 217 155 22 21
VERAPAMIL ER 203 179 23 82
DIOVAN 182 150 24 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 161 25 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 98 26 24
ALLOPURINOL 157 116 27 31
METFORMIN HCL ER 155 107 28 54
NEXIUM 148 127 29 23
AZITHROMYCIN 145 84 30 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 144 68 31 64
CLONIDINE HCL 125 67 32 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 99 33 36
FINASTERIDE 123 106 33 110
CLOPIDOGREL 118 88 35 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 75 36 34
ATENOLOL 110 88 36 18
LANTUS 109 43 38 50
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 105 84 39 107
AMOXICILLIN 104 67 40 112
BENAZEPRIL HCL 98 95 41 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 64 42 22
LYRICA 91 67 43 91
GLYBURIDE 91 75 R 43 94
LOVASTATIN 90 78 45 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 90 59 45 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 66 45 28
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 89 74 48 126
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 87 75 49 87
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 86 49 50 436
NAMENDA 85 85 51 38
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 83 46 52 106
CEPHALEXIN 82 55 53 123
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 54 54 85
DIOVAN HCT 80 69 55 59
PLAVIX 78 62 56 46
KLOR-CON 10 78 53 56 96
CYMBALTA 77 25 58 52
HUMULIN 70-30 76 53 59 205
LANSOPRAZOLE 74 48 60 137
SERTRALINE HCL 73 65 61 25
GEMFIBROZIL 73 56 61 117
PROMETHAZINE HCL 72 35 R 63 77
FAMOTIDINE 71 35 64 45
GLIPIZIDE ER 70 45 65 86
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 31 65 48
SINGULAIR 69 24 67 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 35 68 73
NOVOLIN 70-30 66 43 68 144
MELOXICAM 65 42 70 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 41 71 143
WELCHOL 61 54 72 194
RAMIPRIL 59 59 73 98
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 26 R 73 66
TERAZOSIN HCL 58 58 75 142
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 38 76 63
TRAZODONE HCL 57 39 76 47
BUPROPION XL 56 48 78 165
GLIPIZIDE 55 53 79 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 54 54 80 29
TRILIPIX 53 42 81 188
PAROXETINE HCL 53 41 81 67
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 40 81 49
PREDNISONE 52 34 84 42
IBUPROFEN 51 25 85 103
PROAIR HFA 50 28 86 69
BUPROPION HCL SR 50 17 86 185
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 32 R 86 70
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 May 3, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.