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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,835Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 1456

$1.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 1456

837 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

12% of this provider’s 837 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 837 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 24,098 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,049 877 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 982 690 S3 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 890 794 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 606 492 4 4
CYMBALTA 433 340 5 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 423 409 6 1
SERTRALINE HCL 413 370 7 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 406 377 8 9
NEXIUM 396 310 9 23
FUROSEMIDE 391 360 10 7
ATENOLOL 385 324 11 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 376 347 12 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 373 297 13 14
TRAMADOL HCL 365 311 14 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 356 318 15 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 341 272 16 22
LISINOPRIL 337 281 17 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 335 292 18 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 303 264 19 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 295 257 20 10
SYNTHROID 284 266 21 37
CRESTOR 275 257 22 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 273 269 23 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 266 244 24 19
CARVEDILOL 247 225 25 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 174 26 41
AZITHROMYCIN 243 195 27 44
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 241 200 28 89
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 237 184 29 93
SPIRONOLACTONE 226 217 30 73
METFORMIN HCL ER 226 185 30 54
CLONIDINE HCL 217 173 32 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 213 204 33 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 186 34 12
RANITIDINE HCL 209 165 34 27
TRAZODONE HCL 209 142 34 47
GABAPENTIN 209 160 34 13
NAMENDA 199 191 38 38
PREDNISONE 193 174 39 42
ZETIA 190 163 40 71
FENTANYL 186 114 S2 41 114
ESTRADIOL 184 137 R 42 153
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 184 137 42 28
CLOPIDOGREL 176 157 44 32
KLOR-CON M20 170 145 45 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 169 128 R 46 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 169 139 46 55
CELEBREX 167 148 48 88
BENICAR HCT 151 145 49 160
BENICAR 146 138 50 130
INDAPAMIDE 146 146 50 193
FENOFIBRATE 146 137 50 56
MELOXICAM 140 121 53 30
RISPERIDONE 135 105 54 72
NIFEDIPINE ER 135 125 54 81
PLAVIX 132 119 56 46
OLANZAPINE 129 125 57 183
ALPRAZOLAM 129 111 57 149
ALLOPURINOL 127 115 59 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 124 89 60 49
FAMOTIDINE 122 93 61 45
ABILIFY 121 84 62 244
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 119 85 63 167
METOLAZONE 119 114 63 210
LANTUS 119 118 63 50
DIOVAN HCT 116 106 66 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 114 114 67 61
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 99 68 24
CARISOPRODOL 113 33 R 68 80
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 113 101 68 163
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 111 68 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 103 72 58
MIRTAZAPINE 111 84 73 65
LANSOPRAZOLE 111 90 73 137
PROPRANOLOL HCL 110 110 75 143
LEVOFLOXACIN 109 84 76 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 109 107 76 85
GLIPIZIDE 108 68 78 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 100 78 43
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 85 80 78
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 103 85 80 106
PAROXETINE HCL 102 86 82 67
PROMETHAZINE HCL 94 40 R 83 77
DIOVAN 93 78 84 35
PRADAXA 92 92 85 251
OXYCODONE HCL 90 56 S2 86 124
LIPITOR 90 87 86 76
JANUVIA 89 85 88 68
FELODIPINE ER 88 88 89 150
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 70 90 74
PREMARIN 86 76 R 91 99
GLIPIZIDE ER 86 82 91 86
ROPINIROLE HCL 83 63 93 90
HUMALOG 83 82 93 196
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 82 56 95 203
NAPROXEN 80 67 96 100
EXELON 79 79 97 105
HYDROXYZINE HCL 79 54 R 97 164
LOVASTATIN 79 72 97 40
METFORMIN HCL 79 67 97 8
EVISTA 75 64 101 113
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 72 101 57
JANUMET 75 57 101 176
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 73 43 104 128
DIGOXIN 72 72 105 62
PROAIR HFA 71 49 106 69
VYTORIN 68 47 107 175
SINGULAIR 68 62 107 83
BUPROPION XL 67 45 109 165
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 44 109 63
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 67 63 109 327
CEFADROXIL 67 57 109 456
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 56 113 120
VENLAFAXINE HCL 65 59 113 215
TORSEMIDE 64 64 115 145
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 55 116 33
PROBENECID 63 63 116 410
ACTOS 63 51 116 115
VERAPAMIL ER 63 61 116 82
MECLIZINE HCL 62 59 120 101
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 61 61 121 208
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 54 121 107
LUNESTA 61 44 121 276
ENDOCET 60 41 S2 124 146
IBUPROFEN 60 38 124 103
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 60 124 159
AZOR 57 37 127 262
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 36 127 125
NUVIGIL 57 55 127 474
SPIRIVA 56 52 130 75
TOPIRAMATE 53 27 131 196
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 28 S2 131 132
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 53 53 131 265
GEMFIBROZIL 53 40 131 117
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 53 42 131 345
TRICOR 53 40 131 92
NITROSTAT 52 49 137 233
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 45 137 141
NADOLOL 51 24 139 249
ZOSTAVAX 51 45 139 187
FINASTERIDE 50 49 141 110
FLUCONAZOLE 50 26 141 148
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 Sept. 1, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.