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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,126Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 1456

$1.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 1456

1,018 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,018 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 1,018 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 14,957 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,182 556 S3 1 6
LISINOPRIL 1,027 536 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 867 510 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 774 414 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 699 378 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 683 444 6 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 618 408 7 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 578 257 8 14
NEXIUM 538 318 9 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 479 249 10 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 448 198 11 10
GABAPENTIN 429 155 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 391 164 13 8
FAMOTIDINE 372 172 14 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 367 224 15 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 348 156 16 28
PROMETHAZINE HCL 325 100 R 17 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 181 18 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 317 237 19 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 313 152 20 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 295 166 21 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 287 169 22 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 285 143 23 24
CARVEDILOL 274 81 24 20
AZITHROMYCIN 255 119 25 44
RANITIDINE HCL 253 117 26 27
CYMBALTA 245 89 27 52
TRAMADOL HCL 238 103 28 17
CRESTOR 232 156 29 26
PROAIR HFA 222 109 30 69
COMBIVENT 216 81 31 110
CLOPIDOGREL 216 95 31 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 212 138 33 34
TRAZODONE HCL 204 82 34 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 191 86 R 35 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 189 126 36 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 111 36 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 185 98 38 90
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 185 47 R 38 66
MELOXICAM 181 78 40 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 179 117 41 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 173 123 42 64
ATENOLOL 170 122 43 18
ALLOPURINOL 170 87 43 31
LYRICA 168 67 45 91
SINGULAIR 167 74 46 83
SERTRALINE HCL 163 65 47 25
TIZANIDINE HCL 159 37 48 116
GLIPIZIDE 158 66 49 53
DIOVAN 157 84 50 35
SPIRIVA 156 66 51 75
DIOVAN HCT 156 114 51 59
PREDNISONE 149 70 53 42
LANTUS 148 79 54 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 144 61 55 74
RISPERIDONE 139 52 56 72
PREMARIN 139 105 R 56 99
PLAVIX 137 70 58 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 54 58 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 132 31 60 89
PEN NEEDLE 131 49 61 131
DEXILANT 130 37 62 169
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 130 82 62 60
CLONIDINE HCL 125 82 64 39
COLCRYS 124 76 65 122
METHOCARBAMOL 124 45 R 65 232
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 122 35 67 120
SPIRONOLACTONE 121 51 68 73
TRICOR 120 49 69 92
IBUPROFEN 118 32 70 103
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 68 71 33
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 104 49 72 135
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 36 73 63
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 69 73 57
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 101 22 75 198
ZETIA 99 53 76 71
AMOXICILLIN 95 32 77 112
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 95 71 77 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 69 79 29
DIGOXIN 91 70 80 62
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 91 47 R 80 270
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 88 42 82 107
GLIPIZIDE XL 88 39 82 134
KLOR-CON M20 86 55 84 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 22 85 78
FENOFIBRATE 84 38 86 56
VENTOLIN HFA 84 29 86 121
NOVOLOG 84 47 86 104
NAMENDA 83 80 89 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 83 39 89 87
SYMBICORT 82 39 91 157
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 38 92 43
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 80 36 92 118
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 78 66 94 84
MECLIZINE HCL 77 57 95 101
CELEBREX 74 42 96 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 74 51 96 126
FLUCONAZOLE 74 26 96 148
LIPITOR 72 47 99 76
ACTOS 71 37 100 115
LOVASTATIN 69 54 101 40
GLYBURIDE 69 35 R 101 94
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 30 101 36
XOPENEX HFA 68 12 104 250
CEPHALEXIN 66 43 105 123
LEVETIRACETAM 66 21 105 97
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 65 37 S3 107 174
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 49 107 158
RAMIPRIL 65 35 107 98
BYSTOLIC 65 17 107 102
NABUMETONE 65 37 107 212
KETOCONAZOLE 64 31 112 241
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 62 47 R 113 119
TOPIRAMATE 62 12 113 196
LEXAPRO 61 15 115 206
ULORIC 59 32 116 324
TRILIPIX 57 37 117 188
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 51 117 49
TORSEMIDE 55 22 119 145
PAROXETINE HCL 55 22 119 67
NAPROXEN 55 22 119 100
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 24 122 142
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 39 123 85
TOVIAZ 52 47 124 487
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 18 124 143
LOVAZA 52 21 124 162
ETODOLAC 52 22 124 273
NASONEX 51 22 128 246
VALACYCLOVIR 51 14 128 325
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 41 128 81
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 Aug. 28, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.