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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,617Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 175 out of 1456

$856K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 165 out of 1456

625 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

5% of this provider’s 625 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 625 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,433 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 541 510 1 4
LISINOPRIL 492 450 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 428 404 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 416 399 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 353 330 5 29
OMEPRAZOLE 350 324 6 5
GABAPENTIN 329 290 7 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 301 289 8 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 279 246 S3 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 270 261 10 7
SERTRALINE HCL 227 221 11 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 198 12 10
ATENOLOL 219 219 13 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 216 201 14 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 210 181 15 22
NAMENDA 203 203 16 38
METFORMIN HCL 193 148 17 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 175 175 18 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 171 130 19 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 165 165 20 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 165 20 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 162 140 22 108
TRAZODONE HCL 152 152 23 47
TRAMADOL HCL 152 129 23 17
CARVEDILOL 151 140 25 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 148 148 26 78
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 146 27 19
LOVASTATIN 137 116 28 40
MIRTAZAPINE 128 128 29 65
JANTOVEN 128 110 29 209
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 118 31 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 117 32 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 120 33 74
CYMBALTA 119 88 34 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 104 35 36
PREDNISONE 114 105 36 42
TORSEMIDE 110 110 37 145
CEFUROXIME 106 99 38 138
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 105 79 39 84
MELOXICAM 103 103 40 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 102 96 41 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 97 42 58
FAMOTIDINE 98 76 42 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 89 44 28
CLOPIDOGREL 92 89 45 32
RANITIDINE HCL 86 85 46 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 83 47 63
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 84 48 43
CELEBREX 83 83 49 88
JANUVIA 81 70 50 68
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 79 69 51 125
ALLOPURINOL 78 76 52 31
LANTUS 76 70 53 50
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 74 54 48
PAROXETINE HCL 74 74 54 67
AZITHROMYCIN 73 65 56 44
RISPERIDONE 70 69 57 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 56 58 141
LEVETIRACETAM 67 64 59 97
VERAPAMIL ER 66 57 60 82
KLOR-CON M20 65 65 61 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 57 61 107
SPIRIVA 63 63 63 75
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 47 64 85
DIOVAN 59 59 64 35
PLAVIX 58 58 66 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 57 67 128
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 57 67 60
NYSTOP 56 49 69 476
DIGOXIN 55 55 70 62
SYNTHROID 54 54 71 37
NOVOLIN R 54 46 71 133
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 54 71 158
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 53 S2 74 109
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 50 75 79
VESICARE 51 44 75 200
BENICAR 50 50 77 130
CLONIDINE HCL 50 42 77 39
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 38 77 93
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 July 8, 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.