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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,656Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1456

$3.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1456

1,002 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

15% of this provider’s 1,002 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 1,002 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 32,442 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 1,582 957 S3 1 6
LISINOPRIL 1,462 1,088 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,376 1,084 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,320 891 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,109 935 5 4
BYSTOLIC 1,068 820 10 6 102
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,041 835 7 21
FUROSEMIDE 961 759 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 803 529 9 8
NAMENDA 801 760 10 38
GABAPENTIN 697 478 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 694 502 12 15
OMEPRAZOLE 645 444 13 5
CARVEDILOL 592 436 14 20
TRAZODONE HCL 586 419 15 47
CRESTOR 578 446 16 26
NEXIUM 558 350 17 23
TRAMADOL HCL 546 417 18 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 544 451 19 10
CYMBALTA 481 317 20 52
CLOPIDOGREL 470 367 21 32
SERTRALINE HCL 466 338 22 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 354 23 12
MELOXICAM 441 280 24 30
RANITIDINE HCL 441 354 24 27
LANTUS 432 308 26 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 426 332 27 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 426 422 27 29
LYRICA 424 243 29 91
MIRTAZAPINE 417 374 30 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 381 214 31 24
ATENOLOL 366 263 32 18
PLAVIX 358 258 33 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 357 304 34 48
EXELON 349 340 35 105
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 345 185 36 14
GLIPIZIDE 316 210 37 53
LEVOFLOXACIN 313 214 38 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 296 249 39 36
PREDNISONE 294 181 40 42
NOVOLOG 276 183 41 104
DEXILANT 269 174 42 169
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 266 182 43 28
FENTANYL 262 172 S2 44 114
FAMOTIDINE 260 212 45 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 259 206 46 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 250 188 47 33
DIOVAN 237 217 48 35
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 235 127 49 128
JANUVIA 229 204 50 68
KLOR-CON M20 224 146 51 51
LOVASTATIN 221 181 52 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 216 173 53 74
DIGOXIN 209 173 54 62
VYTORIN 200 170 55 175
PROAIR HFA 198 96 56 69
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 197 144 S2 57 132
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 170 58 11
INSULIN SYRINGE 192 122 59 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 192 140 59 78
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 189 138 61 136
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 137 62 85
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 187 169 63 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 180 94 R 64 70
BENICAR 175 162 65 130
ALLOPURINOL 172 153 66 31
PROMETHAZINE HCL 170 124 R 67 77
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 167 140 68 58
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 162 133 69 158
EVISTA 161 136 70 113
AZITHROMYCIN 160 103 71 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 158 75 R 72 66
FLUOXETINE HCL 157 82 73 55
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 151 120 74 9
LEVETIRACETAM 151 88 74 97
DIOVAN HCT 150 105 76 59
COMBIVENT 150 99 76 110
BENICAR HCT 150 103 76 160
CLONIDINE HCL 148 128 79 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 139 84 80 63
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137 98 81 43
SINGULAIR 135 86 82 83
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 134 43 S2 83 173
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 131 98 84 184
SPIRONOLACTONE 129 110 85 73
PAROXETINE HCL 129 114 85 67
CEPHALEXIN 125 112 87 123
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 122 84 88 107
RAMIPRIL 121 91 89 98
ACTOS 119 58 90 115
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 84 91 16
ZETIA 116 79 92 71
NOVOLIN R 115 85 93 133
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 112 107 94 234
GLIPIZIDE ER 111 100 95 86
RISPERIDONE 110 99 96 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 88 97 60
SYMBICORT 106 41 98 157
TRILIPIX 105 42 99 188
SPIRIVA 104 51 100 75
CARISOPRODOL 103 42 R 101 80
VENTOLIN HFA 103 62 101 121
LEXAPRO 102 73 103 206
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 101 70 104 61
FORTEO 100 76 105 289
GLIPIZIDE XL 99 72 106 134
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 98 73 107 163
TOPIRAMATE 94 43 108 196
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 91 59 109 135
MECLIZINE HCL 90 89 110 101
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 90 57 110 207
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 61 S2 110 109
LEVEMIR 87 67 113 161
LANSOPRAZOLE 87 68 113 137
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 86 58 115 118
METHADONE HCL 83 38 S2 116 190
ZOSTAVAX 82 66 117 187
SANTYL 81 81 118 226
NYSTATIN 81 63 118 237
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 67 120 159
BACLOFEN 77 15 121 168
DALIRESP 77 40 121 445
FLUCONAZOLE 76 48 123 148
OLANZAPINE 76 40 123 183
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 73 125 41
BUPROPION XL 74 20 126 165
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 29 127 90
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 70 63 128 182
SUCRALFATE 70 59 128 171
AGGRENOX 69 60 130 220
KLOR-CON 10 69 56 130 96
OXYCODONE HCL 68 28 S2 132 124
TORSEMIDE 68 61 132 145
ENDOCET 67 25 S2 134 146
TIZANIDINE HCL 66 34 135 116
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 66 53 135 299
PEN NEEDLE 65 53 137 131
SEROQUEL 65 56 137 154
ACTONEL 64 50 139 285
CELEBREX 64 54 139 88
ALPRAZOLAM 64 27 139 149
NAPROXEN 63 59 142 100
PHENYTOIN 62 45 143 253
ESTRADIOL 62 26 R 143 153
MORPHINE SULFATE 61 29 S2 145 287
ENABLEX 61 53 145 283
NIFEDIPINE ER 59 59 147 81
PRADAXA 59 59 147 251
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 40 147 143
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 23 150 95
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 47 150 84
TRICOR 57 50 152 92
LIPITOR 57 46 152 76
DILTIAZEM HCL 57 47 152 223
AVODART 56 56 155 218
ABILIFY 55 30 156 244
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 35 156 108
PRIMIDONE 55 40 156 243
DETROL LA 54 44 159 213
ONDANSETRON HCL 54 36 159 319
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 25 159 89
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 33 162 120
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 163 141
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 32 R 163 164
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51 37 163 203
NASONEX 51 45 163 246
LACTULOSE 51 47 163 192
OXYCONTIN 50 0 S2 168 235
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 July 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.