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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,350Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 1456

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 1456

1,109 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 1,109 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 1,109 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 22,276 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$51 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,145 1,020 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,061 949 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,042 900 3 4
LISINOPRIL 858 712 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 672 567 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 622 380 S3 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 607 425 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 534 502 8 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 446 326 9 14
MELOXICAM 424 334 10 30
GABAPENTIN 404 255 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 402 323 12 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 399 305 13 15
CLONIDINE HCL 347 289 14 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 341 261 15 12
TRAMADOL HCL 336 267 16 17
SERTRALINE HCL 335 253 17 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 329 238 18 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 309 19 10
NEXIUM 327 225 20 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 317 270 21 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 314 257 22 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 312 261 23 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 300 297 24 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 292 219 25 24
SYNTHROID 274 257 26 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 273 221 27 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 254 254 28 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 243 226 29 34
ATENOLOL 243 214 29 18
CARVEDILOL 222 187 31 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 219 136 32 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 180 33 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 218 167 33 43
DIOVAN 206 194 35 35
CLOPIDOGREL 205 171 36 32
PAROXETINE HCL 202 179 37 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 181 144 38 22
PREDNISONE 181 134 38 42
METFORMIN HCL ER 167 134 40 54
CRESTOR 157 139 41 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 154 72 42 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 154 150 42 167
RANITIDINE HCL 152 122 44 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 151 136 45 89
DIOVAN HCT 145 126 46 59
ALLOPURINOL 142 115 47 31
NAMENDA 141 141 48 38
ZETIA 140 137 49 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 138 133 50 49
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 138 110 R 50 70
PLAVIX 136 122 52 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 108 53 60
PREMARIN 133 82 R 54 99
CYMBALTA 133 82 54 52
TRICOR 132 101 56 92
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 108 56 48
TRAZODONE HCL 128 69 58 47
DIGOXIN 122 92 59 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 121 90 60 79
AZITHROMYCIN 114 85 61 44
COMBIVENT 111 75 62 110
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 70 R 63 66
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 107 95 64 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 71 64 63
CELEBREX 105 78 66 88
ENDOCET 105 24 S2 66 146
BENAZEPRIL HCL 105 101 66 57
GEMFIBROZIL 104 68 69 117
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 86 70 58
JANUVIA 97 87 71 68
INSULIN SYRINGE 97 49 71 64
ALPRAZOLAM 97 74 71 149
SPIRONOLACTONE 95 75 74 73
PEN NEEDLE 93 61 75 131
PROPRANOLOL HCL 93 65 75 143
LEVETIRACETAM 92 79 77 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 90 88 78 61
BYSTOLIC 89 57 79 102
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 88 60 80 118
BUPROPION XL 88 72 80 165
LANTUS 85 67 82 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 74 82 74
LANSOPRAZOLE 83 65 84 137
FINASTERIDE 83 66 84 110
CHLORTHALIDONE 83 77 84 152
METOLAZONE 83 52 84 210
CARISOPRODOL 79 0 R 88 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 55 88 107
PROAIR HFA 77 62 90 69
NADOLOL 75 65 91 249
VERAPAMIL ER 75 74 91 82
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 64 91 120
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 32 R 94 77
KLOR-CON M20 74 69 94 51
SPIRIVA 73 48 96 75
FENOFIBRATE 73 60 96 56
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 72 62 R 98 119
CEFUROXIME 72 53 98 138
MIRTAZAPINE 70 55 100 65
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 51 101 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 49 102 126
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 65 103 156
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 65 31 103 203
METHOTREXATE 63 37 105 195
VENTOLIN HFA 63 30 105 121
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 63 50 105 271
SINGULAIR 61 36 108 83
GLIPIZIDE XL 61 44 108 134
EXFORGE 60 48 110 211
LIPITOR 60 57 110 76
BENICAR 59 59 112 130
LYRICA 59 37 112 91
FENTANYL 58 50 S2 114 114
CLONAZEPAM 58 46 114 264
LOVASTATIN 57 49 116 40
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 54 116 177
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 42 118 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 20 119 85
NOVOLIN 70-30 54 21 120 144
FLUCONAZOLE 54 35 120 148
BUPROPION HCL SR 53 19 122 185
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 43 122 81
EXELON 50 50 124 105
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 1, 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.