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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,039Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 295 out of 1456

$736K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 241 out of 1456

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 489 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 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,175 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 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
SIMVASTATIN 664 546 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 653 480 2 1
ATENOLOL 433 296 3 18
CLONIDINE HCL 336 256 4 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 332 225 5 24
LISINOPRIL 307 207 6 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 298 259 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 253 182 8 5
NEXIUM 245 153 9 23
METFORMIN HCL ER 242 143 10 54
METFORMIN HCL 241 176 11 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 221 144 12 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 211 178 13 19
SERTRALINE HCL 196 192 14 25
FUROSEMIDE 191 164 15 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 164 16 29
GABAPENTIN 169 117 17 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 168 129 18 48
CRESTOR 164 150 19 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 112 20 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 159 96 21 4
GLIMEPIRIDE 150 112 22 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 107 23 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 91 23 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 136 82 25 61
JANUVIA 128 114 26 68
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119 88 27 12
TRAMADOL HCL 119 91 27 17
NAMENDA 116 112 29 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 114 30 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 60 S3 31 6
ALLOPURINOL 98 76 32 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 72 33 41
SINGULAIR 92 58 34 83
DIOVAN HCT 92 65 34 59
DEXILANT 90 60 36 169
KLOR-CON M20 87 67 37 51
SPIRIVA 78 73 38 75
PLAVIX 77 68 39 46
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 61 39 89
CARVEDILOL 76 73 41 20
CLOPIDOGREL 74 64 42 32
BENICAR 71 60 43 130
RANITIDINE HCL 70 56 44 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 63 45 49
PREDNISONE 68 46 45 42
TRAZODONE HCL 66 43 47 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 46 R 48 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 62 48 16
CELEBREX 64 43 50 88
FAMOTIDINE 64 43 50 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 63 52 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 48 52 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 52 54 36
PEN NEEDLE 61 49 55 131
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 35 56 135
NAPROXEN 52 26 57 100
DIGOXIN 52 52 57 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 27 59 81
MELOXICAM 51 48 59 30
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 14, 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.