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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,327Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 1456

$1.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 1456

1,245 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,245 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 1,245 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 33,249 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,740 1,400 1 2
LISINOPRIL 1,635 1,303 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,634 1,198 S3 3 6
ATENOLOL 1,473 1,247 10 4 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,366 1,209 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,363 1,155 6 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,330 1,095 7 10
METFORMIN HCL 1,192 871 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 928 823 9 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 903 812 10 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 723 637 11 4
OMEPRAZOLE 686 592 12 5
TRAMADOL HCL 648 499 13 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 584 530 14 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 575 460 15 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 570 495 16 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 557 506 17 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 523 454 18 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 498 431 19 24
DIGOXIN 473 388 20 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 465 431 21 11
PREDNISONE 442 373 22 42
NIFEDIPINE ER 408 331 23 81
SERTRALINE HCL 369 324 24 25
ALLOPURINOL 340 299 25 31
CLOPIDOGREL 325 283 26 32
NEXIUM 313 198 27 23
KLOR-CON M20 306 206 28 51
GABAPENTIN 301 237 29 13
RANITIDINE HCL 294 232 30 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 290 214 31 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 285 280 32 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 280 218 33 85
CRESTOR 280 243 33 26
TIZANIDINE HCL 268 195 35 116
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 264 245 36 78
AMOXICILLIN 241 181 37 112
CARVEDILOL 239 178 38 20
LOVASTATIN 237 198 39 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 231 231 40 29
RAMIPRIL 225 186 41 98
CLONIDINE HCL 224 170 42 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220 204 43 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 219 161 R 44 70
MELOXICAM 213 163 45 30
MECLIZINE HCL 213 191 45 101
ZETIA 205 162 47 71
PLAVIX 204 175 48 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 172 49 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 197 157 49 28
LANTUS 186 144 51 50
CHLORTHALIDONE 185 146 52 152
ADVAIR DISKUS 181 148 53 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 181 167 53 58
DIOVAN 178 177 55 35
DETROL LA 177 162 56 213
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 176 133 57 9
FENTANYL 174 136 S2 58 114
DEXILANT 173 142 59 169
GEMFIBROZIL 156 113 60 117
FAMOTIDINE 153 123 61 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 152 126 62 60
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 149 62 63 128
PROMETHAZINE HCL 148 115 R 64 77
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 147 116 65 167
NOVOLIN 70-30 143 59 66 144
AZITHROMYCIN 143 102 66 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 142 99 68 73
LEVETIRACETAM 133 107 69 97
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 128 69 43
NOVOLIN R 130 107 71 133
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 126 48 72 87
CEFUROXIME 125 106 73 138
PROAIR HFA 122 82 74 69
MIRTAZAPINE 120 107 75 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 107 75 49
ROPINIROLE HCL 119 119 77 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 85 78 74
PROBENECID-COLCHICINE 112 88 10 79 353
RISPERIDONE 111 91 80 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 110 91 R 81 66
PAROXETINE HCL 110 93 81 67
NADOLOL 108 107 83 249
DIOVAN HCT 107 107 84 59
NAMENDA 105 105 85 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 75 86 36
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 104 84 86 158
KLOR-CON 10 101 94 88 96
SEROQUEL 101 93 88 154
MEGESTROL ACETATE 94 93 R 90 179
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 94 62 90 118
LIPITOR 92 80 92 76
HYDROXYZINE HCL 92 81 R 92 164
BYSTOLIC 91 84 94 102
SYMBICORT 91 39 94 157
LEVOFLOXACIN 90 70 96 79
LEVEMIR 90 70 96 161
AFEDITAB CR 83 74 98 370
HUMULIN 70-30 82 66 99 205
BENICAR 81 81 100 130
TERAZOSIN HCL 81 81 100 142
VESICARE 80 76 102 200
PREMARIN 78 76 R 103 99
NIFEDICAL XL 76 66 104 252
ACTOS 76 63 104 115
DILTIAZEM ER 75 56 106 147
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 74 63 R 107 320
PRIMIDONE 74 73 107 243
VENTOLIN HFA 70 38 109 121
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 54 109 107
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 69 61 111 242
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 55 112 61
TORSEMIDE 68 67 112 145
LYRICA 67 56 114 91
AVODART 66 66 115 218
CYMBALTA 66 52 115 52
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 64 117 137
JANUVIA 63 52 118 68
KETOCONAZOLE 62 37 119 241
ALPRAZOLAM 61 57 120 149
SINGULAIR 59 41 121 83
INDAPAMIDE 58 42 122 193
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 57 123 141
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 57 123 139
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 57 123 280
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 57 50 123 474
LORAZEPAM 56 56 127 236
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 47 127 86
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 51 127 48
GLIPIZIDE 54 35 130 53
SYNTHROID 54 54 130 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 42 130 159
SPIRIVA 54 36 130 75
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 53 R 134 119
IBUPROFEN 52 22 135 103
LABETALOL HCL 52 52 135 180
FINASTERIDE 51 51 137 110
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 137 84
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 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.