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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,618Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 148 out of 1456

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 1456

725 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 725 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 725 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 13,628 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

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 701 613 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 677 588 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 572 491 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 473 388 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 354 277 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 333 271 S3 6 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 315 251 7 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 313 282 8 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 259 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 266 204 10 8
LISINOPRIL 257 201 11 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 214 179 12 9
MELOXICAM 207 187 13 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 166 14 10
FENOFIBRATE 199 160 15 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 197 189 16 16
TRAMADOL HCL 194 158 17 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 183 164 18 21
CARVEDILOL 167 133 19 20
CELEBREX 164 163 20 88
CRESTOR 161 117 21 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 145 22 41
ATENOLOL 148 112 23 18
ALLOPURINOL 146 130 24 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 128 25 34
GABAPENTIN 141 100 26 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 134 123 27 29
NEXIUM 132 107 28 23
AZITHROMYCIN 131 106 29 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 130 104 30 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 116 31 24
ZOSTAVAX 126 117 32 187
SERTRALINE HCL 126 101 32 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 114 34 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 124 102 35 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 121 112 36 84
CYMBALTA 119 72 37 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 85 38 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 104 92 39 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 104 94 39 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 79 41 58
DIOVAN 95 95 42 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 94 72 43 89
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 82 44 74
VERAPAMIL ER 90 90 45 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 75 46 57
MIRTAZAPINE 84 81 47 65
PREDNISONE 84 73 47 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 80 47 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 67 50 90
GLIMEPIRIDE 81 55 51 33
SYNTHROID 81 73 51 37
PEN NEEDLE 79 52 53 131
PROAIR HFA 78 59 54 69
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 46 R 55 70
PLAVIX 77 57 55 46
GLIPIZIDE 76 53 57 53
EVISTA 76 71 57 113
PREMARIN 75 74 R 59 99
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 59 R 60 66
CLOPIDOGREL 73 56 60 32
KLOR-CON M20 70 36 62 51
FINASTERIDE 69 61 63 110
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 38 R 64 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 63 64 36
DIGOXIN 66 65 66 62
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 56 67 87
FAMOTIDINE 64 59 68 45
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 63 68 167
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 41 70 120
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 62 35 71 207
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 41 71 54
LANSOPRAZOLE 61 47 73 137
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 48 74 86
NAMENDA 57 57 75 38
LIPITOR 55 53 76 76
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 39 76 139
MUPIROCIN 55 49 76 224
TIZANIDINE HCL 54 17 79 116
KLOR-CON 10 53 41 80 96
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 38 80 79
ALPRAZOLAM 53 52 80 149
BUPROPION XL 52 33 83 165
CEFUROXIME 51 39 84 138
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 35 84 85
SPIRIVA 51 40 84 75
PAROXETINE HCL 51 45 84 67
TRANDOLAPRIL 50 42 88 501
BUPROPION HCL SR 50 46 88 185
SINGULAIR 50 32 88 83
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 Sept. 24, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.