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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,858Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 1456

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 1456

1,150 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,150 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 1,150 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 24,752 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,378 1,211 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,231 1,080 2 1
LISINOPRIL 906 789 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 868 746 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 853 724 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 731 589 S3 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 629 543 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 545 426 8 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 526 471 9 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 495 420 10 12
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 483 356 11 93
METFORMIN HCL 480 375 12 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 470 367 13 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 438 384 14 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 424 348 15 14
MELOXICAM 394 345 16 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 392 336 17 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 385 384 18 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 355 253 19 9
ATENOLOL 342 300 20 18
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 337 280 21 106
GABAPENTIN 336 295 22 13
NEXIUM 297 162 23 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 288 225 24 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 283 240 25 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 281 254 26 36
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 277 216 27 129
SERTRALINE HCL 272 231 28 25
CLONIDINE HCL 267 179 29 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 200 30 10
RANITIDINE HCL 259 193 31 27
PREDNISONE 230 184 32 42
NAMENDA 229 229 33 38
LOVASTATIN 229 205 33 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 152 35 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 198 167 36 49
DIGOXIN 188 163 37 62
TRAZODONE HCL 186 129 38 47
CLOPIDOGREL 182 156 39 32
PAROXETINE HCL 173 156 40 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 172 104 41 43
LANTUS 172 129 41 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 168 146 43 74
AZITHROMYCIN 167 135 44 44
GLYBURIDE 166 146 R 45 94
RISPERIDONE 156 135 46 72
BENAZEPRIL HCL 155 132 47 57
PLAVIX 153 138 48 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 151 140 49 58
CRESTOR 147 111 50 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 144 115 51 89
ALLOPURINOL 141 141 52 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 134 99 R 53 66
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 105 54 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 128 89 55 28
CARVEDILOL 127 102 56 20
FENOFIBRATE 126 96 57 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 125 58 34
LEVETIRACETAM 124 85 59 97
CYMBALTA 124 90 59 52
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 122 101 S3 61 174
HYDRALAZINE HCL 116 113 62 48
DIOVAN HCT 114 106 63 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 114 107 63 85
NOVOLIN 70-30 113 104 65 144
TRICOR 112 62 66 92
TRAMADOL HCL 107 100 67 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106 98 68 78
JANUVIA 105 85 69 68
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 104 102 70 141
INSULIN SYRINGE 100 85 71 64
DIOVAN 99 72 72 35
FINASTERIDE 97 97 73 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 79 74 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 96 86 74 61
EXELON 93 89 76 105
EVISTA 92 92 77 113
LEVOFLOXACIN 91 76 78 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 70 78 90
NOVOLIN R 85 75 80 133
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 67 R 80 70
SUCRALFATE 85 84 80 171
BUSPIRONE HCL 84 66 83 151
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 84 78 83 182
LIPITOR 84 66 83 76
CEPHALEXIN 82 70 86 123
MIRTAZAPINE 82 80 86 65
MEGESTROL ACETATE 81 79 R 88 179
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 68 89 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 77 77 90 126
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 74 90 86
RAMIPRIL 77 58 90 98
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 59 93 156
VESICARE 74 74 94 200
DILTIAZEM HCL 70 40 95 223
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 49 96 63
LANSOPRAZOLE 66 54 97 137
DILTIAZEM ER 66 65 97 147
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 42 97 163
PROAIR HFA 66 35 97 69
VENLAFAXINE HCL 65 28 101 215
ACTOS 64 44 102 115
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 40 R 102 77
MECLIZINE HCL 64 60 102 101
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 63 63 105 167
ZETIA 63 44 105 71
KLOR-CON M20 62 51 107 51
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 107 82
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 61 109 143
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 55 110 139
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 60 36 110 265
FAMOTIDINE 60 58 110 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 38 110 120
LEXAPRO 59 53 114 206
SEROQUEL 59 53 114 154
CELEBREX 59 45 114 88
BENICAR 58 58 117 130
SINGULAIR 57 45 118 83
GLIPIZIDE 57 45 118 53
BUPROPION XL 56 52 120 165
VENTOLIN HFA 56 45 120 121
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 54 122 136
BACLOFEN 51 0 123 168
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 35 124 125
LUNESTA 50 43 124 276
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 April 12, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.