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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,079Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 331 out of 1456

$863K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 162 out of 1456

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

3% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 412 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 10,616 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
CRESTOR 427 399 1 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 344 332 2 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 329 327 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 323 318 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 258 258 5 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 236 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 196 189 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186 174 8 19
SYNTHROID 178 178 9 37
RANITIDINE HCL 169 166 10 27
NAMENDA 154 154 11 38
LISINOPRIL 153 153 12 3
SIMVASTATIN 152 147 13 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 151 139 14 12
ATENOLOL 146 143 15 18
CLOPIDOGREL 145 136 16 32
METFORMIN HCL 143 142 17 8
CARVEDILOL 143 140 17 20
OMEPRAZOLE 141 137 19 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 127 20 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 126 120 21 48
FENOFIBRATE 122 114 22 56
NEXIUM 121 119 23 23
RAMIPRIL 118 118 24 98
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 116 24 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 112 S3 26 6
SEROQUEL XR 110 110 27 317
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 109 28 93
PLAVIX 108 108 29 46
DIGOXIN 100 100 30 62
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 97 78 R 31 119
GABAPENTIN 92 85 32 13
CYMBALTA 91 76 33 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 91 33 29
WELCHOL 90 76 35 194
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 76 36 34
NIASPAN 85 85 37 127
EXELON 83 83 38 105
TRAMADOL HCL 79 75 39 17
DIOVAN 79 78 39 35
ALLOPURINOL 79 77 39 31
LOVAZA 78 68 42 162
LANTUS 76 73 43 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 73 44 79
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 69 57 45 207
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 62 46 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 66 47 16
SINGULAIR 66 54 48 83
BYSTOLIC 66 60 48 102
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 64 50 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 60 51 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 60 52 90
FAMOTIDINE 60 60 52 45
MELOXICAM 60 60 52 30
CELEBREX 60 60 52 88
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 58 56 89
AZITHROMYCIN 58 55 56 44
TRAZODONE HCL 56 55 58 47
PREDNISONE 54 54 59 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 54 59 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 52 59 63
TRICOR 54 54 59 92
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 53 63 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 53 63 43
DIOVAN HCT 52 43 65 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 66 167
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 Nov. 20, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.