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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 114 out of 1456

$687K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 276 out of 1456

502 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

6% of this provider’s 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 502 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 14,161 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 1,245 843 S3 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 628 577 2 4
ATENOLOL 526 359 3 18
LISINOPRIL 515 453 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 498 434 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 465 342 6 5
GABAPENTIN 404 290 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 383 305 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 356 228 9 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 226 10 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 312 269 11 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 282 214 12 9
MELOXICAM 281 227 13 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 233 223 14 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 151 15 10
CARISOPRODOL 228 99 R 16 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226 195 17 16
RANITIDINE HCL 220 147 18 27
GLIPIZIDE 204 153 19 53
TORSEMIDE 199 167 20 145
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 193 149 21 12
GEMFIBROZIL 191 128 22 117
ROPINIROLE HCL 190 137 23 90
CEFUROXIME 180 143 24 138
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 179 139 25 14
PREDNISONE 177 148 26 42
LOVASTATIN 163 128 27 40
CLONIDINE HCL 163 140 27 39
TRAMADOL HCL 163 134 27 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 160 134 30 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 158 144 31 29
CARVEDILOL 153 115 32 20
CLOPIDOGREL 145 126 33 32
ALPRAZOLAM 145 98 33 149
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143 121 35 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 124 36 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 130 112 37 60
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 128 116 38 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 126 102 39 73
AZITHROMYCIN 124 84 40 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 124 63 R 40 70
LEVOFLOXACIN 116 92 42 79
NEXIUM 116 80 42 23
DIGOXIN 113 99 44 62
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 47 45 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109 95 46 19
SERTRALINE HCL 104 75 47 25
PAROXETINE HCL 103 99 48 67
TRAZODONE HCL 101 65 49 47
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 101 70 49 129
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 100 79 R 51 259
PLAVIX 99 81 52 46
KLOR-CON 10 97 69 53 96
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 80 54 11
MECLIZINE HCL 91 78 55 101
PREMARIN 89 88 R 56 99
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 86 44 57 238
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 58 58 93
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 84 73 58 106
ALLOPURINOL 80 68 60 31
FINASTERIDE 75 75 61 110
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 64 61 41
JANUVIA 74 69 63 68
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 72 42 64 126
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 69 65 142
LANTUS 69 68 66 50
DILTIAZEM HCL 67 47 67 223
MEGESTROL ACETATE 66 54 R 68 179
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 48 S2 69 109
DILTIAZEM ER 62 47 70 147
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 57 71 24
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 44 72 81
NAMENDA 60 60 72 38
COMBIVENT 58 39 74 110
NABUMETONE 58 51 74 212
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 57 76 61
KLOR-CON M20 56 30 77 51
PENTOXIFYLLINE 55 55 78 322
SPIRIVA 53 53 79 75
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 51 32 80 366
NAPROXEN 51 46 80 100
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 51 80 167
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 41 83 43
METHOCARBAMOL 50 29 R 83 232
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 Dec. 15, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.