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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,880Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 1456

$952K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 125 out of 1456

530 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

10% of this provider’s 530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 530 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 11,004 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 730 596 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 711 529 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 517 340 3 7
LISINOPRIL 392 300 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 373 158 S3 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 367 279 6 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 358 220 7 11
CARVEDILOL 353 251 8 20
OMEPRAZOLE 351 198 9 5
METFORMIN HCL 343 225 10 8
RANITIDINE HCL 343 199 10 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 331 208 12 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 302 93 13 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 291 247 14 9
ATENOLOL 262 218 15 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 202 16 21
TRAMADOL HCL 253 176 17 17
MELOXICAM 246 148 18 30
GABAPENTIN 245 128 19 13
AZITHROMYCIN 233 125 20 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 228 180 21 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 126 22 24
PREDNISONE 204 114 23 42
NEXIUM 202 91 24 23
KLOR-CON M20 198 142 25 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 123 26 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 190 138 27 41
GLIPIZIDE 187 124 28 53
LOVASTATIN 186 145 29 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 184 94 R 30 70
DIOVAN 184 154 30 35
TRAZODONE HCL 171 102 32 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 170 97 33 15
FENOFIBRATE 166 78 34 56
SERTRALINE HCL 146 69 35 25
PROAIR HFA 138 68 36 69
CLOPIDOGREL 137 82 37 32
DIOVAN HCT 131 105 38 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 75 39 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 125 50 40 90
ALLOPURINOL 116 116 41 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 89 42 19
SPIRIVA 108 55 43 75
CRESTOR 107 77 44 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 98 45 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 70 46 28
CYMBALTA 105 61 46 52
INSULIN SYRINGE 104 73 48 64
PLAVIX 97 65 49 46
DETROL LA 96 58 50 213
DIGOXIN 92 82 51 62
ACTOS 91 67 52 115
FLUOXETINE HCL 91 29 52 55
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 90 52 54 163
LIPITOR 86 31 55 76
IBUPROFEN 86 29 55 103
TOPIRAMATE 80 15 57 196
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 11 R 58 66
PROMETHAZINE HCL 76 15 R 59 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 70 60 36
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 35 S2 61 109
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 43 62 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 48 62 58
CLONIDINE HCL 72 54 62 39
PEN NEEDLE 71 34 65 131
BUPROPION HCL SR 70 19 66 185
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 60 66 33
VENTOLIN HFA 69 37 68 121
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 28 68 78
VERAPAMIL ER 68 49 70 82
PAROXETINE HCL 67 19 71 67
SINGULAIR 64 32 72 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 54 73 34
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 20 74 120
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 61 23 74 198
LANTUS 60 29 76 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 43 77 43
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 31 78 89
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 57 79 156
NOVOLOG 57 27 79 104
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 20 81 57
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 13 S2 81 132
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 23 81 118
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 50 84 86
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 41 85 49
SYMBICORT 52 11 85 157
FLUCONAZOLE 51 19 87 148
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 17 88 73
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 Dec. 4, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.