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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,413Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1456

$2.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 1456

1,514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,514 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,514 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 27,317 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 1,657 1,408 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,533 1,303 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,179 1,037 3 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,114 927 4 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 965 831 5 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 825 673 6 4
TRAMADOL HCL 737 593 7 17
FUROSEMIDE 693 551 8 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 663 584 9 11
CRESTOR 626 477 10 26
CARVEDILOL 602 452 11 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 577 519 12 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 555 432 13 12
METFORMIN HCL 498 431 14 8
OMEPRAZOLE 497 409 15 5
NEXIUM 441 344 16 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 416 394 17 36
ATENOLOL 374 311 18 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 344 230 19 14
ZETIA 338 269 20 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 338 268 20 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 325 276 22 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 297 230 23 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 270 190 S3 24 6
ALLOPURINOL 266 228 25 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 259 214 26 21
DIOVAN 258 216 27 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 256 194 28 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 238 199 29 63
KLOR-CON M20 222 174 30 51
NIFEDIPINE ER 220 192 31 81
NAPROXEN 218 170 32 100
NAMENDA 201 195 33 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 199 168 34 15
CLONIDINE HCL 199 144 34 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 197 187 36 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 194 160 37 43
NIASPAN 193 175 38 127
GABAPENTIN 188 156 39 13
FENOFIBRATE 184 134 40 56
CLOPIDOGREL 179 151 41 32
PROAIR HFA 178 118 42 69
SERTRALINE HCL 178 127 42 25
WELCHOL 177 154 44 194
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 173 147 45 49
LOVASTATIN 173 165 45 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 166 140 47 61
RANITIDINE HCL 164 147 48 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 152 49 34
PLAVIX 156 139 50 46
DIOVAN HCT 153 119 51 59
TRICOR 152 108 52 92
HYDRALAZINE HCL 145 103 53 48
JANUVIA 145 133 53 68
PEN NEEDLE 133 97 55 131
BYSTOLIC 131 98 56 102
COLCRYS 130 120 57 122
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 107 57 41
LOVAZA 128 98 59 162
AMOXICILLIN 128 88 59 112
SPIRIVA 127 113 61 75
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 127 93 R 61 70
PREMARIN 121 107 R 63 99
VERAPAMIL ER 119 117 64 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 118 78 65 55
GLIPIZIDE ER 117 87 66 86
LANTUS 117 63 66 50
VENTOLIN HFA 117 85 66 121
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 116 100 69 60
LIPITOR 114 88 70 76
PAROXETINE HCL 114 99 70 67
INSULIN SYRINGE 112 87 72 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 112 76 72 126
CELEBREX 110 109 74 88
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 106 73 R 75 66
SYNTHROID 105 96 76 37
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 104 64 77 120
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 103 75 78 106
LYRICA 102 68 79 91
EXFORGE 102 95 79 211
LANSOPRAZOLE 101 96 81 137
GLIPIZIDE 100 82 82 53
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 99 78 83 129
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 77 84 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 96 81 85 22
DILTIAZEM ER 96 92 85 147
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 88 87 33
AZOR 94 81 87 262
EXELON 92 92 89 105
MELOXICAM 92 87 89 30
DIGOXIN 91 66 91 62
FELODIPINE ER 84 66 92 150
SINGULAIR 84 65 92 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 64 92 74
HUMALOG 81 50 95 196
IBUPROFEN 81 59 95 103
QUINAPRIL HCL 81 73 95 155
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 59 98 89
DEXILANT 78 58 99 169
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 39 R 100 77
ACTOS 77 70 100 115
ALPRAZOLAM 75 65 102 149
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 60 102 57
PRADAXA 75 71 102 251
ACTONEL 71 62 105 285
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 49 106 73
TRAZODONE HCL 69 41 107 47
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 68 42 108 198
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 68 108 93
NOVOLOG 68 29 108 104
CARISOPRODOL 66 27 R 111 80
NIFEDICAL XL 66 61 111 252
TERAZOSIN HCL 64 60 113 142
VESICARE 64 57 113 200
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 29 115 139
VYTORIN 63 57 115 175
CYMBALTA 63 34 115 52
TRIBENZOR 62 41 118 307
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 43 119 79
NOVOLIN 70-30 60 60 119 144
GLYBURIDE 59 54 R 121 94
PREDNISONE 59 58 121 42
TEKTURNA 58 43 123 288
COMBIVENT 58 47 123 110
FLUCONAZOLE 56 34 125 148
AZITHROMYCIN 55 35 126 44
FAMOTIDINE 55 54 126 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 43 126 158
BUPROPION XL 55 53 126 165
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 47 126 84
LEVETIRACETAM 54 50 131 97
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 41 132 135
RISPERIDONE 52 31 133 72
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 34 R 134 164
BENICAR 50 37 134 130
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. 27, 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.