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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 1456

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1456

850 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

8% of this provider’s 850 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 850 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 25,392 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,574 985 S3 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,161 809 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,078 817 3 5
LISINOPRIL 867 617 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 827 641 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 773 590 6 4
GABAPENTIN 736 510 7 13
METFORMIN HCL 704 456 8 8
RANITIDINE HCL 607 464 9 27
SIMVASTATIN 546 392 10 2
SERTRALINE HCL 494 367 11 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 488 404 12 12
TRAMADOL HCL 462 387 13 17
MELOXICAM 444 350 14 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 433 364 15 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 425 304 16 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 409 397 17 29
NAMENDA 400 400 18 38
LANTUS 376 240 19 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 362 330 20 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 346 257 21 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 340 272 22 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 335 221 23 14
NEXIUM 330 217 24 23
CLONIDINE HCL 325 234 25 39
CLOPIDOGREL 319 279 26 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 306 278 27 60
VERAPAMIL ER 289 146 28 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 280 218 29 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 277 255 30 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 273 116 31 24
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 269 184 32 129
AZITHROMYCIN 267 202 33 44
ALLOPURINOL 267 208 33 31
ATENOLOL 265 170 35 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 254 197 36 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 251 214 37 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 250 179 38 28
PLAVIX 250 223 38 46
CEPHALEXIN 239 156 40 123
TRAZODONE HCL 239 183 40 47
LOVASTATIN 236 150 42 40
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 236 226 42 141
CARVEDILOL 236 207 42 20
KLOR-CON M20 235 178 45 51
MIRTAZAPINE 226 210 46 65
RISPERIDONE 206 168 47 72
TIZANIDINE HCL 206 96 47 116
GLYBURIDE 205 136 R 49 94
PAROXETINE HCL 195 161 50 67
FENTANYL 193 192 S2 51 114
HYDRALAZINE HCL 190 148 52 48
CARISOPRODOL 189 74 R 53 80
TAMSULOSIN HCL 186 162 54 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 184 151 R 55 70
PROMETHAZINE HCL 172 84 R 56 77
NOVOLOG 164 144 57 104
SUCRALFATE 163 120 58 171
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 160 121 59 19
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 153 91 60 128
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 147 77 R 61 66
SEROQUEL 144 124 62 154
PROAIR HFA 142 85 63 69
DIGOXIN 140 140 64 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 139 84 65 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 136 106 66 85
MECLIZINE HCL 136 109 66 101
GLIMEPIRIDE 133 92 68 33
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 131 85 69 341
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 124 120 70 167
LYRICA 121 88 71 91
QUINAPRIL HCL 119 101 72 155
KLOR-CON M10 117 90 73 140
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 66 74 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 115 115 74 108
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 114 92 76 107
IBUPROFEN 114 52 76 103
METHADONE HCL 113 58 S2 78 190
VENTOLIN HFA 110 73 79 121
AGGRENOX 107 55 80 220
HYDROXYZINE HCL 107 77 R 80 164
LEVETIRACETAM 105 86 82 97
NOVOLIN R 104 66 83 133
EXELON 99 99 84 105
LIPITOR 99 65 84 76
BUSPIRONE HCL 97 61 86 151
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 96 83 87 36
LABETALOL HCL 94 93 88 180
COMBIVENT 93 70 89 110
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 92 92 90 178
SPIRIVA 90 88 91 75
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 42 92 64
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 86 61 93 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 63 94 58
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 82 68 95 163
DIOVAN HCT 80 64 96 59
PREDNISONE 80 63 96 42
NAPROXEN 79 54 98 100
AMOXICILLIN 77 51 99 112
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 37 100 89
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 52 101 49
CYMBALTA 75 53 101 52
DILTIAZEM ER 74 73 103 147
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 72 65 104 312
NIFEDIPINE ER 72 72 104 81
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 72 53 104 371
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 60 107 87
NIASPAN 70 61 108 127
DIOVAN 69 49 109 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 51 S2 110 109
ONDANSETRON HCL 66 51 111 319
ACTOS 65 48 112 115
GLIPIZIDE 65 47 112 53
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 65 32 112 378
GEMFIBROZIL 64 36 115 117
OXYCODONE HCL 64 36 S2 115 124
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 64 37 115 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 55 118 63
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 42 118 143
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 52 120 41
SINGULAIR 61 40 121 83
NYSTATIN 60 30 122 237
VERAPAMIL HCL 59 23 123 304
DETROL LA 59 43 123 213
ALPRAZOLAM 59 43 123 149
ONGLYZA 58 54 126 202
NITROSTAT 57 41 127 233
VESICARE 57 51 127 200
MEGESTROL ACETATE 56 45 R 129 179
OLANZAPINE 56 43 129 183
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 35 S2 131 132
FAMOTIDINE 55 39 131 45
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 46 133 57
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 54 30 R 133 270
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 52 133 158
ENDOCET 52 34 S2 136 146
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 Jan. 6, 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.