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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,866Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 139 out of 1456

$823K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 183 out of 1456

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

8% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 420 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 13,068 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 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
SIMVASTATIN 640 508 1 2
LISINOPRIL 600 446 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 520 445 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 439 368 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405 340 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 398 341 6 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 391 260 7 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 376 320 8 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 339 271 S3 9 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 289 198 10 24
OMEPRAZOLE 270 233 11 5
RANITIDINE HCL 267 185 12 27
RISPERIDONE 267 238 12 72
NAMENDA 212 192 14 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 208 141 15 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 200 149 16 29
METFORMIN HCL 195 147 17 8
CARVEDILOL 187 147 18 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 155 19 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 175 149 20 34
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 173 101 21 84
PAROXETINE HCL 168 129 22 67
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 163 81 R 23 119
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 112 24 14
GABAPENTIN 155 123 25 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 142 115 26 78
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 141 71 R 27 70
ATENOLOL 139 91 28 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 95 29 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 138 133 29 141
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 129 104 31 85
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 122 81 32 108
MIRTAZAPINE 119 112 33 65
TRAMADOL HCL 118 86 34 17
SERTRALINE HCL 118 99 34 25
CLOPIDOGREL 114 114 36 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 113 96 37 54
DIGOXIN 112 101 38 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 92 39 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 75 40 33
PREDNISONE 108 94 41 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 93 42 22
PROAIR HFA 103 57 43 69
EXELON 102 90 44 105
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 102 74 44 156
NEXIUM 97 74 46 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 67 46 10
GLYBURIDE 96 92 R 48 94
TRAZODONE HCL 96 54 48 47
MELOXICAM 94 76 50 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 83 51 16
LANTUS 92 86 52 50
PLAVIX 91 91 53 46
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 91 77 53 158
GEMFIBROZIL 87 42 55 117
NOVOLIN R 86 86 56 133
ALLOPURINOL 85 79 57 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 78 58 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 61 59 58
JANTOVEN 83 83 59 209
GLIPIZIDE 77 73 61 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 65 62 60
FAMOTIDINE 74 51 63 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 55 64 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 55 65 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 48 S2 66 109
KLOR-CON M10 69 48 67 140
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 69 38 67 95
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 53 69 90
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 65 51 70 227
ALPRAZOLAM 64 31 71 149
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 51 71 48
ACTOS 64 47 71 115
SEROQUEL 63 47 74 154
CLONIDINE HCL 63 44 74 39
RISPERDAL CONSTA 61 43 76 406
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 19 77 128
AMOXICILLIN 60 43 77 112
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 46 79 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 59 79 86
NOVOLOG 57 52 81 104
DIOVAN 53 53 82 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 46 82 57
VESICARE 51 27 84 200
VENTOLIN HFA 50 18 85 121
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 July 9, 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.