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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,565Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 1456

$936K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 1456

616 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,268 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 890 811 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 761 663 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 726 626 3 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 653 636 4 19
FUROSEMIDE 587 524 5 7
LISINOPRIL 583 518 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 540 518 7 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 534 509 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 487 434 9 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 385 322 10 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 378 311 11 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 353 341 12 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 344 333 13 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 337 295 14 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 315 290 S3 15 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 264 250 16 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 219 207 17 33
ALLOPURINOL 215 197 18 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 211 196 19 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 210 206 20 21
CRESTOR 196 184 21 26
TRAMADOL HCL 176 140 22 17
PREMARIN 172 170 R 23 99
DIOVAN 171 162 24 35
PREDNISONE 171 159 24 42
FELODIPINE ER 168 139 26 150
LOVASTATIN 161 140 27 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 157 28 34
FENOFIBRATE 152 132 29 56
DIGOXIN 141 136 30 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 104 31 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 96 32 28
JANUVIA 109 90 33 68
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 109 96 R 33 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 108 35 29
GABAPENTIN 107 97 36 13
PAROXETINE HCL 107 81 36 67
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 100 36 41
DIOVAN HCT 106 106 39 59
AZITHROMYCIN 103 94 40 44
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 102 90 41 95
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 90 42 43
ALPRAZOLAM 94 79 43 149
CYMBALTA 94 82 43 52
KLOR-CON M20 93 67 45 51
ESTRADIOL 92 81 R 46 153
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 91 91 R 47 119
HUMULIN 70-30 90 59 48 205
ATENOLOL 87 77 49 18
METOLAZONE 87 76 49 210
SERTRALINE HCL 85 85 51 25
SYNTHROID 84 70 52 37
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 79 53 93
CLOPIDOGREL 82 82 54 32
AMOXICILLIN 81 73 55 112
MICARDIS 79 61 56 332
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 70 56 84
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 71 58 159
NIFEDIPINE ER 78 78 58 81
BUPROPION HCL SR 77 67 60 185
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 76 61 24
PROAIR HFA 75 54 62 69
MELOXICAM 75 69 62 30
RAMIPRIL 75 63 62 98
GLIPIZIDE ER 74 70 65 86
METFORMIN HCL ER 73 45 66 54
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 45 66 64
TRICOR 73 55 66 92
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 49 69 74
FINASTERIDE 72 64 69 110
LANTUS 71 63 71 50
ACTOS 68 57 72 115
ONGLYZA 67 65 73 202
ZETIA 67 63 73 71
PLAVIX 66 66 75 46
NAMENDA 66 58 75 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 64 75 58
NEXIUM 65 54 78 23
LIPITOR 65 53 78 76
SINGULAIR 64 56 80 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 35 81 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 53 81 89
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 50 83 60
CELEBREX 60 60 83 88
SYMBICORT 59 56 85 157
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 56 53 86 126
FAMOTIDINE 54 50 87 45
VYTORIN 54 52 87 175
DILTIAZEM ER 52 52 89 147
ACTONEL 51 42 90 285
RANITIDINE HCL 50 46 91 27
VENTOLIN HFA 50 42 91 121
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 Aug. 20, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.