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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,038Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 1456

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 1456

1,219 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,219 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 1,219 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 19,389 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LISINOPRIL 1,283 888 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,099 773 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 964 495 S3 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 857 665 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 814 532 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 790 549 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 644 360 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 577 295 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 510 378 9 12
TRAMADOL HCL 508 392 10 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 476 279 11 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 466 337 12 10
GABAPENTIN 447 231 13 13
CARVEDILOL 439 265 14 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 437 312 15 15
NEXIUM 429 273 16 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 380 194 17 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 374 272 18 22
FAMOTIDINE 338 213 19 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 333 241 20 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 314 208 21 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 257 193 22 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 256 158 23 34
DIOVAN 255 201 24 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 251 178 25 11
DIOVAN HCT 242 199 26 59
AMOXICILLIN 242 139 26 112
ATENOLOL 237 191 28 18
ALLOPURINOL 228 140 29 31
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 209 134 30 107
AZITHROMYCIN 207 134 31 44
PREDNISONE 202 114 32 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 128 33 41
MELOXICAM 198 143 34 30
METFORMIN HCL ER 196 143 35 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193 137 36 16
CLOPIDOGREL 193 152 36 32
INSULIN SYRINGE 186 98 38 64
CLONIDINE HCL 186 98 38 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 128 40 9
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 157 93 S3 41 174
GLIPIZIDE ER 156 128 42 86
PROMETHAZINE HCL 150 66 R 43 77
KLOR-CON 10 143 95 44 96
LANTUS 141 60 45 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 140 95 46 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137 75 47 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 137 89 47 61
LYRICA 136 88 49 91
KLOR-CON M20 134 85 50 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 134 101 50 48
DILTIAZEM ER 133 101 52 147
RANITIDINE HCL 129 108 53 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 84 54 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 66 55 63
BUSPIRONE HCL 123 77 56 151
CEFUROXIME 123 83 56 138
BENAZEPRIL HCL 117 95 58 57
NIFEDIPINE ER 116 93 59 81
CYMBALTA 111 54 60 52
CELEBREX 109 72 61 88
FENOFIBRATE 109 68 61 56
DETROL LA 108 107 63 213
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 108 73 63 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 106 75 65 58
METOLAZONE 106 72 65 210
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 97 67 43
PLAVIX 104 89 68 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 103 36 69 128
SERTRALINE HCL 102 46 70 25
SYNTHROID 102 83 70 37
CRESTOR 100 69 72 26
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 99 45 73 204
MECLIZINE HCL 98 81 74 101
TRAZODONE HCL 98 57 74 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 77 76 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 48 77 78
SINGULAIR 92 61 77 83
QUINAPRIL HCL 91 72 79 155
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 46 R 80 66
ZETIA 90 67 80 71
LANSOPRAZOLE 89 39 82 137
PAROXETINE HCL 89 51 82 67
TIZANIDINE HCL 88 29 84 116
CEPHALEXIN 88 54 84 123
PROAIR HFA 87 68 86 69
ESTRADIOL 86 48 R 87 153
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 31 87 89
NOVOLIN 70-30 85 51 89 144
GEMFIBROZIL 83 51 90 117
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 83 59 90 203
GLIPIZIDE XL 83 63 90 134
HYDROXYZINE HCL 81 37 R 93 164
CARISOPRODOL 81 14 R 93 80
VERAPAMIL ER 81 79 93 82
BUPROPION HCL SR 80 45 96 185
CHLORTHALIDONE 80 58 96 152
METHOCARBAMOL 80 22 R 96 232
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 52 R 99 70
GLYBURIDE 79 45 R 99 94
NAMENDA 78 78 101 38
TRICOR 78 43 101 92
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 77 48 103 106
HUMULIN 70-30 76 21 104 205
ONGLYZA 76 52 104 202
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 69 106 29
VENTOLIN HFA 74 28 107 121
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 50 107 60
PREMARIN 71 41 R 109 99
LOVASTATIN 71 15 109 40
PEN NEEDLE 70 26 111 131
ACTOS 68 42 112 115
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 43 112 87
TORSEMIDE 67 57 114 145
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 66 52 R 115 336
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 65 42 116 135
JANUVIA 65 57 116 68
COMBIVENT 61 31 118 110
DIGOXIN 61 60 118 62
AMIODARONE HCL 60 56 120 228
IBUPROFEN 60 23 120 103
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 60 55 R 120 119
FLUCONAZOLE 58 26 123 148
SEROQUEL 57 42 124 154
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 41 124 85
BUPROPION XL 56 25 126 165
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 28 126 74
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 31 126 167
PENTOXIFYLLINE 53 40 129 322
LEVEMIR 52 27 130 161
SPIRIVA 52 45 130 75
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 37 130 283
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 21 S2 133 132
WELCHOL 51 41 133 194
BENICAR HCT 50 36 135 160
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 May 3, 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.