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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,488Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 1456

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 1456

887 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

13% of this provider’s 887 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 887 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 25,514 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

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 1,624 1,232 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,195 737 S3 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,136 891 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,136 905 3 5
LISINOPRIL 918 687 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 845 720 6 1
GABAPENTIN 762 506 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 708 528 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 637 522 9 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 628 454 10 15
RANITIDINE HCL 590 404 11 27
METFORMIN HCL 542 392 12 8
NEXIUM 478 309 13 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 477 327 14 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 448 353 15 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 414 319 16 10
TRAMADOL HCL 395 304 17 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 387 318 18 21
CLOPIDOGREL 371 296 19 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 360 295 20 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 346 230 21 14
CARVEDILOL 343 284 22 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 326 169 23 55
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 324 259 24 107
ROPINIROLE HCL 323 230 25 90
SERTRALINE HCL 321 262 26 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 294 213 27 24
PLAVIX 268 213 28 46
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 252 222 29 89
MELOXICAM 227 184 30 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 223 178 31 34
DIOVAN 216 180 32 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 215 153 33 85
LEVOFLOXACIN 214 151 34 79
RISPERIDONE 212 174 35 72
LEVEMIR 209 152 36 161
FENOFIBRATE 208 136 37 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 206 142 38 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 204 156 39 58
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 202 157 40 106
NIASPAN 198 104 41 127
CRESTOR 194 136 42 26
TIZANIDINE HCL 189 88 43 116
SINGULAIR 189 108 43 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 189 167 43 33
SYNTHROID 188 181 46 37
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 152 47 41
MECLIZINE HCL 182 146 48 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 178 125 49 28
TORSEMIDE 177 165 50 145
DONEPEZIL HCL 176 174 51 29
CYMBALTA 175 74 52 52
DIGOXIN 171 168 53 62
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 164 121 54 87
ALLOPURINOL 162 135 55 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 161 75 R 56 66
FAMOTIDINE 147 108 57 45
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 143 102 R 58 70
QUINAPRIL HCL 142 121 59 155
GLIPIZIDE 138 96 60 53
CLONIDINE HCL 138 120 60 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL 135 108 62 215
AZITHROMYCIN 135 89 62 44
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 81 S2 64 109
CEFDINIR 133 95 65 216
SPIRONOLACTONE 129 100 66 73
MEGESTROL ACETATE 126 116 R 67 179
PREDNISONE 120 89 68 42
KLOR-CON M20 120 116 68 51
FLUCONAZOLE 119 61 70 148
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 95 70 9
NAPROXEN 119 102 70 100
CARISOPRODOL 118 21 R 73 80
LIPITOR 117 99 74 76
ATENOLOL 116 90 75 18
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 115 84 76 350
PREMARIN 114 71 R 77 99
LEVOTHROID 114 94 77 186
PROMETHAZINE HCL 111 54 R 79 77
BUSPIRONE HCL 111 105 79 151
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 40 S2 81 132
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 109 101 81 74
ESTRADIOL 106 83 R 83 153
INSULIN SYRINGE 105 74 84 64
LANTUS 105 92 84 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 101 73 86 126
NAMENDA 99 99 87 38
JANUVIA 99 63 87 68
FENTANYL 97 76 S2 89 114
DIOVAN HCT 93 93 90 59
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 92 70 91 129
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 63 92 43
LYRICA 89 53 93 91
TERAZOSIN HCL 87 71 94 142
FEXOFENADINE HCL 87 60 94 322
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 56 96 63
TEKTURNA 85 58 97 288
RAMIPRIL 85 71 97 98
TRAZODONE HCL 84 55 99 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 76 99 60
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 83 47 101 178
TRICOR 82 59 102 92
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 82 46 102 135
DILTIAZEM ER 82 77 102 147
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 67 105 48
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 44 105 78
ENDOCET 81 44 S2 105 146
LABETALOL HCL 80 48 108 180
GLIPIZIDE XL 79 76 109 134
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 77 66 110 312
TOPIRAMATE 76 42 111 196
DEXILANT 73 43 112 169
CHLORTHALIDONE 71 63 113 152
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 57 114 36
SOTALOL 69 38 115 269
SPIRIVA 69 51 115 75
KETOCONAZOLE 68 63 117 241
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 49 118 128
NYSTATIN 67 45 118 237
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 66 57 120 345
COMBIVENT 65 16 121 110
AMOXICILLIN 65 46 121 112
BENICAR HCT 64 58 123 160
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 16 124 139
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 63 28 S3 124 340
SYMBICORT 63 30 124 157
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 63 45 124 182
LEXAPRO 59 47 128 206
CELEBREX 59 43 128 88
PRIMIDONE 59 49 128 243
INDOMETHACIN 59 34 R 128 311
PAROXETINE HCL 58 37 132 67
PROAIR HFA 58 45 132 69
METHOTREXATE 58 33 132 195
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 57 135 141
COLCRYS 56 48 136 122
XOPENEX HFA 55 28 137 250
CLONAZEPAM 55 49 137 264
BUPROPION XL 55 18 137 165
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 49 140 156
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 53 140 137
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 25 140 158
LANOXIN 54 54 140 480
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 20 144 185
VOLTAREN 52 47 144 214
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 33 144 143
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 51 40 R 147 119
LUNESTA 51 29 147 276
ACTOS 51 35 147 115
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 40 150 61
SEROQUEL 50 37 150 154
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 17 150 108
IBUPROFEN 50 23 150 103
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 June 18, 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.