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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,930Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 198 out of 1456

$731K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 242 out of 1456

540 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

8% of this provider’s 540 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 540 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,816 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 913 462 S3 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 564 432 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 445 326 3 2
LISINOPRIL 417 296 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 336 206 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 311 195 6 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 309 226 7 22
GABAPENTIN 287 170 8 13
CARVEDILOL 273 170 9 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 271 234 10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 183 11 12
OMEPRAZOLE 242 203 12 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 82 13 24
METFORMIN HCL 216 132 14 8
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 209 123 15 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 190 142 16 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 189 177 17 29
NEXIUM 178 92 18 23
GLIPIZIDE 171 106 19 53
TRAMADOL HCL 170 141 20 17
TRAZODONE HCL 157 93 21 47
AZITHROMYCIN 153 80 22 44
NAMENDA 142 128 23 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 141 113 24 9
RANITIDINE HCL 135 99 25 27
CLOPIDOGREL 133 103 26 32
INSULIN SYRINGE 131 79 27 64
PLAVIX 117 93 28 46
LANTUS 115 67 29 50
SERTRALINE HCL 115 83 29 25
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 115 75 29 118
CRESTOR 114 66 32 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 69 33 14
LEVOFLOXACIN 107 76 34 79
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 72 35 19
LEVETIRACETAM 102 55 35 97
CLONIDINE HCL 102 47 35 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 98 45 38 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 77 39 85
RISPERIDONE 96 84 39 72
FAMOTIDINE 94 69 41 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 84 42 34
ATENOLOL 92 63 42 18
MIRTAZAPINE 90 74 44 65
ALLOPURINOL 90 69 44 31
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 55 R 44 77
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 62 47 43
JANUVIA 85 52 48 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 53 49 60
PAROXETINE HCL 80 58 50 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 46 51 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 64 52 11
NOVOLIN R 73 46 53 133
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 64 R 54 179
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 38 55 55
LOVASTATIN 64 41 56 40
VENTOLIN HFA 61 35 57 121
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 24 58 10
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 56 47 59 182
SPIRIVA 56 49 59 75
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 20 59 90
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 45 62 16
FENTANYL 55 50 S2 62 114
MECLIZINE HCL 55 46 62 101
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 26 65 74
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 49 65 49
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 42 67 128
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 44 67 158
DIGOXIN 52 52 67 62
KLOR-CON M10 52 46 67 140
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 51 35 71 106
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 39 71 108
SINGULAIR 50 35 73 83
PROAIR HFA 50 13 73 69
CYMBALTA 50 20 73 52
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 June 20, 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.