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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,903Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 802 out of 1491

$262K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 854 out of 1491

254 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 254 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Georgia
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 171 144 45 1 2
LISINOPRIL 151 130 33 2 4
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 101 71 3 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 115 96 24 4 12
METFORMIN HCL 112 98 19 5 9
SIMVASTATIN 108 103* 34 6 3
FUROSEMIDE 106 101* 21 7 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 60 15 8 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 79 21 S3 9 7
CLONAZEPAM 95 49 23 B 10 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 84* 28 11 11
GABAPENTIN 89 57 23 11 13
MELOXICAM 81 46 30 13 31
TRAMADOL HCL 80 50 18 14 15
PREDNISONE 79 53 43 15 44
NAMENDA 72 67* 11 16 36
RISPERIDONE 70 22 12 A 17 81
OMEPRAZOLE 67 44 14 18 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64 59* 15 19 16
ATENOLOL 63 58* 17 20 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 63 58* 13 20 1
SERTRALINE HCL 57 52* 15 22 26
RANITIDINE HCL 57 46 19 22 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 <11 <11 24 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 55 <11 <11 A 25 68
TRAZODONE HCL 53 <11 <11 26 43
AZITHROMYCIN 52 31 37 27 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 <11 <11 28 107
PROAIR HFA 51 25 30 28 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 <11 <11 30 10
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 13, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.