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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,174Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 104 out of 1456

$871K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 1456

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

12% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 482 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 11,625 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 774 407 S3 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 773 516 2 4
LISINOPRIL 754 480 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 587 427 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 556 332 5 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 532 347 6 15
FUROSEMIDE 445 277 7 7
TRAMADOL HCL 417 220 8 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 389 231 9 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 386 284 10 9
NEXIUM 379 231 11 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 368 227 12 10
MELOXICAM 361 207 13 30
CLONIDINE HCL 344 216 14 39
CARVEDILOL 323 160 15 20
OMEPRAZOLE 317 192 16 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 244 17 21
METFORMIN HCL 299 154 18 8
GABAPENTIN 289 123 19 13
ALLOPURINOL 277 200 20 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 238 160 21 12
KLOR-CON M20 227 117 22 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 216 157 23 19
CLOPIDOGREL 215 136 24 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 203 133 25 43
AZITHROMYCIN 189 111 26 44
TRICOR 188 87 27 92
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 180 61 R 28 66
PROAIR HFA 170 87 29 69
LEVOFLOXACIN 150 88 30 79
PLAVIX 147 105 31 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 78 32 11
FENOFIBRATE 137 100 33 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 137 67 33 63
RANITIDINE HCL 134 74 35 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 132 117 36 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 131 127 37 29
MECLIZINE HCL 122 112 38 101
ATENOLOL 120 89 39 18
LYRICA 119 41 40 91
SERTRALINE HCL 110 88 41 25
ZETIA 110 66 41 71
PAROXETINE HCL 109 56 43 67
LANTUS 103 54 44 50
ROPINIROLE HCL 100 50 45 90
FENTANYL 97 50 S2 46 114
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 38 47 22
DIGOXIN 94 87 47 62
GEMFIBROZIL 92 24 49 117
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 37 R 50 77
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 60 51 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 46 R 51 70
GLYBURIDE 88 45 R 53 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 81 48 54 74
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 68 54 34
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 80 47 56 366
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 50 57 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 56 58 58
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 75 41 58 128
NITROSTAT 75 48 58 233
VENTOLIN HFA 74 32 61 121
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 44 62 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 52 63 16
SINGULAIR 70 51 64 83
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 70 40 64 61
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 16 66 151
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 25 66 125
DIOVAN 68 56 66 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 50 69 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 53 70 55
ACTOS 64 48 70 115
TOPIRAMATE 63 16 72 196
SPIRIVA 62 34 73 75
TIZANIDINE HCL 62 21 73 116
LOVASTATIN 62 39 73 40
CYMBALTA 61 13 76 52
JANUVIA 60 53 77 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 32 77 28
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 37 79 57
GLIPIZIDE 55 51 80 53
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 30 81 106
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 29 81 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 35 83 24
METOLAZONE 50 24 83 210
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, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.