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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,061Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 1456

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 1456

402 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 402 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 402 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 17,296 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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 1,260 962 S3 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 719 619 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 677 587 3 1
LISINOPRIL 574 479 4 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 509 362 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 491 410 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 406 356 7 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 369 310 8 12
GABAPENTIN 368 293 9 13
SIMVASTATIN 341 266 10 2
METFORMIN HCL 338 244 11 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 311 311 12 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 295 255 13 14
SERTRALINE HCL 291 179 14 25
NAMENDA 289 289 15 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 285 260 16 4
KLOR-CON M20 267 180 17 51
RANITIDINE HCL 248 221 18 27
ALLOPURINOL 231 191 19 31
CYMBALTA 223 217 20 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 221 220 21 21
TRAZODONE HCL 213 171 22 47
TRAMADOL HCL 184 175 23 17
MELOXICAM 180 132 24 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 179 115 25 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 122 25 24
CARVEDILOL 175 163 27 20
FAMOTIDINE 175 142 27 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 147 29 11
LANTUS 171 142 30 50
ATENOLOL 170 107 31 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 169 164 32 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 138 33 34
NEXIUM 157 116 33 23
EXELON 144 144 35 105
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142 96 36 16
CLOPIDOGREL 137 114 37 32
NOVOLIN R 134 102 38 133
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 97 39 60
KLOR-CON M10 127 113 39 140
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 94 39 10
CEPHALEXIN 125 100 42 123
DIGOXIN 123 111 43 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 113 44 74
CRESTOR 118 81 45 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 102 46 36
ROPINIROLE HCL 116 115 47 90
PROMETHAZINE HCL 115 83 R 48 77
RISPERIDONE 113 105 49 72
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 99 50 78
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 109 78 51 95
AZITHROMYCIN 107 94 52 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 105 78 53 108
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 104 104 54 141
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 73 R 54 70
FINASTERIDE 101 101 56 110
FENTANYL 101 80 S2 56 114
METOLAZONE 99 94 58 210
MECLIZINE HCL 99 95 58 101
HYDRALAZINE HCL 96 90 60 48
CLONIDINE HCL 96 88 60 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 88 62 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 78 63 58
PAROXETINE HCL 89 63 64 67
COLCRYS 89 78 64 122
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 43 R 64 66
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 85 67 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 51 68 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 83 69 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 62 70 156
PLAVIX 79 70 70 46
MIRTAZAPINE 76 72 72 65
NOVOLOG 76 64 72 104
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 23 74 116
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 73 67 75 136
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 71 50 76 125
ZETIA 71 37 76 71
DIOVAN 71 58 76 35
TAMIFLU 71 66 76 349
AGGRENOX 70 70 80 220
PREDNISONE 69 41 81 42
IBUPROFEN 67 45 82 103
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 57 83 126
KLOR-CON 10 63 60 84 96
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 42 85 128
LYRICA 60 47 86 91
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 51 R 86 164
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 57 88 43
CALCITONIN-SALMON 57 56 88 306
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 41 90 163
NAPROXEN 56 56 90 100
CELEBREX 54 54 92 88
LIDODERM 54 40 92 166
LOVASTATIN 53 41 94 40
SANTYL 52 36 95 226
CARISOPRODOL 52 26 R 95 80
VOLTAREN 52 47 95 214
HALOPERIDOL 51 38 98 254
LIPITOR 51 39 98 76
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 16, 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.