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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,605Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 519 out of 1456

$387K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 582 out of 1456

309 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 309 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 309 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,887 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 324 213 1 1
LISINOPRIL 317 164 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 129 3 12
SIMVASTATIN 191 114 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 179 56 5 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 106 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 165 55 7 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 155 93 8 9
TRAMADOL HCL 142 58 9 17
METFORMIN HCL 137 39 10 8
SERTRALINE HCL 129 91 11 25
GABAPENTIN 118 29 12 13
CARVEDILOL 102 62 13 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 85 14 29
OMEPRAZOLE 94 52 15 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 39 16 14
ATENOLOL 85 49 17 18
MIRTAZAPINE 82 54 18 65
CLOPIDOGREL 74 44 19 32
FAMOTIDINE 74 40 19 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 42 S3 21 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 31 21 15
RANITIDINE HCL 71 22 23 27
CLONIDINE HCL 69 48 24 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 30 25 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 44 26 43
AZITHROMYCIN 61 32 27 44
CEPHALEXIN 61 32 27 123
NAMENDA 60 51 29 38
SYMBICORT 58 0 30 157
TRAZODONE HCL 57 40 31 47
LANTUS 56 30 32 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 28 33 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 33 34 60
KLOR-CON M20 53 18 35 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 25 36 48
GLIPIZIDE 52 27 36 53
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 23 38 107
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 0 S2 39 109
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 5, 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.