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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 1456

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 1456

542 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 542 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,858 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$53 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
LISINOPRIL 966 667 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 926 751 2 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 793 609 3 9
FUROSEMIDE 731 558 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 596 449 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 579 362 6 15
RANITIDINE HCL 560 377 7 27
CRESTOR 479 362 8 26
CARVEDILOL 477 327 9 20
OMEPRAZOLE 439 335 10 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 399 302 11 10
METFORMIN HCL 396 279 12 8
SERTRALINE HCL 359 281 13 25
SIMVASTATIN 339 257 14 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 312 222 15 14
DIOVAN 297 244 16 35
KLOR-CON M20 296 217 17 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 289 173 S3 18 6
METFORMIN HCL ER 282 212 19 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 274 222 20 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 259 209 21 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL 245 223 22 48
GABAPENTIN 244 185 23 13
CLOPIDOGREL 233 195 24 32
LANTUS 220 178 25 50
ALLOPURINOL 214 184 26 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 205 177 27 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 200 149 28 63
GLIMEPIRIDE 196 160 29 33
PLAVIX 196 156 29 46
GEMFIBROZIL 195 130 31 117
ATENOLOL 187 152 32 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 187 147 32 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 149 34 11
JANUVIA 184 108 35 68
PROAIR HFA 176 101 36 69
NAPROXEN 161 79 37 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 128 38 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 154 118 39 64
PREDNISONE 141 103 40 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 116 40 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 121 42 60
DIGOXIN 133 98 43 62
NEXIUM 132 91 44 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 114 45 22
AZITHROMYCIN 127 90 46 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 126 126 47 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 108 74 48 73
CYMBALTA 102 76 49 52
GLYBURIDE 97 52 R 50 94
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 96 50 R 51 66
MELOXICAM 95 77 52 30
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 44 53 87
FAMOTIDINE 88 67 54 45
PREMARIN 87 45 R 55 99
BENICAR 84 71 56 130
DIOVAN HCT 84 55 56 59
CLONIDINE HCL 83 72 58 39
TRICOR 82 74 59 92
LANSOPRAZOLE 82 63 59 137
COLCRYS 81 60 61 122
HUMULIN 70-30 76 52 62 205
GLIPIZIDE 76 52 62 53
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 52 64 120
HUMALOG 74 39 65 196
IBUPROFEN 73 41 66 103
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 50 66 58
NAMENDA 73 73 66 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 47 66 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 54 70 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 69 45 71 81
NITROSTAT 68 43 72 233
PEN NEEDLE 66 48 73 131
SPIRIVA 65 54 74 75
VENTOLIN HFA 63 29 75 121
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 62 76 61
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 50 76 24
TRAMADOL HCL 61 48 78 17
COMBIVENT 61 30 78 110
KETOCONAZOLE 61 45 78 241
NASONEX 61 48 78 246
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 55 78 84
SINGULAIR 59 41 83 83
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 36 83 85
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 51 R 83 70
ZETIA 58 34 86 71
WELCHOL 58 41 86 194
FINASTERIDE 58 58 86 110
DETROL LA 56 43 89 213
LIPITOR 55 39 90 76
DILTIAZEM ER 55 27 90 147
MECLIZINE HCL 52 43 92 101
LABETALOL HCL 51 48 93 180
LOVASTATIN 50 37 94 40
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 May 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.