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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,868Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 1456

$1.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 1456

880 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

10% of this provider’s 880 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 880 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 23,588 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$57 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,147 1,043 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,076 941 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 793 713 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 770 630 S3 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 715 618 5 5
LISINOPRIL 673 592 6 3
FUROSEMIDE 577 524 7 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 543 485 8 15
METFORMIN HCL 480 464 9 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 474 372 10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 407 349 11 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 353 340 12 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 331 293 13 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 316 290 14 11
NOVOLOG 311 263 15 104
GABAPENTIN 284 228 16 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 280 230 17 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 279 216 18 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 268 251 19 85
ALLOPURINOL 261 223 20 31
FAMOTIDINE 255 221 21 45
CARVEDILOL 247 203 22 20
FENOFIBRATE 241 205 23 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 232 185 24 16
NEXIUM 226 179 25 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 223 198 26 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 222 180 27 43
PREDNISONE 215 171 28 42
NAMENDA 211 208 29 38
LOVASTATIN 203 188 30 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 179 31 22
VERAPAMIL ER 198 153 32 82
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 192 164 33 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 190 152 34 73
LANTUS 186 129 35 50
ATENOLOL 184 173 36 18
CLOPIDOGREL 182 159 37 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 178 169 38 19
MELOXICAM 175 152 39 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 166 139 40 58
DIOVAN 157 155 41 35
TRAMADOL HCL 156 128 42 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 146 43 34
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 153 118 S2 44 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 144 45 36
CRESTOR 148 105 46 26
MIRTAZAPINE 146 118 47 65
ZETIA 143 112 48 71
SERTRALINE HCL 140 106 49 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 122 50 41
PAROXETINE HCL 135 118 51 67
PLAVIX 132 120 52 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 94 53 24
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 118 54 139
DIGOXIN 125 118 54 62
CYMBALTA 120 110 56 52
AZITHROMYCIN 120 105 56 44
CARISOPRODOL 120 77 R 56 80
PROMETHAZINE HCL 119 90 R 59 77
RISPERIDONE 119 82 59 72
BYSTOLIC 114 107 61 102
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 112 104 R 62 70
IBUPROFEN 111 79 63 103
TRAZODONE HCL 111 92 63 47
QUINAPRIL HCL 110 105 65 155
GLIPIZIDE 110 83 65 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 100 67 33
EXELON 107 107 68 105
MEGESTROL ACETATE 104 99 R 69 179
CEFUROXIME 103 88 70 138
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 92 70 93
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 79 72 74
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 99 91 73 125
LIDODERM 95 94 74 166
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 94 91 75 78
ZOSTAVAX 94 86 75 187
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 82 77 141
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 90 73 77 106
SYNTHROID 90 88 77 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 56 80 64
LYRICA 86 62 81 91
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 59 81 89
FENTANYL 85 70 S2 83 114
METFORMIN HCL ER 83 60 84 54
JANUVIA 82 47 85 68
PREMARIN 82 73 R 85 99
LEVETIRACETAM 81 54 87 97
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 66 88 57
TRICOR 79 69 89 92
NAPROXEN 77 62 90 100
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 70 91 156
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 75 91 49
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 54 93 90
HALOPERIDOL 74 32 94 254
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 46 R 94 66
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 60 96 159
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 71 64 97 182
TIZANIDINE HCL 71 32 97 116
CLONIDINE HCL 71 65 97 39
LANSOPRAZOLE 71 45 97 137
ONGLYZA 71 64 97 202
SINGULAIR 70 66 102 83
RANITIDINE HCL 70 57 102 27
METOLAZONE 69 52 104 210
NIASPAN 69 60 104 127
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 67 104 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 69 59 104 167
OLANZAPINE 69 31 104 183
BENICAR 68 64 109 130
DIOVAN HCT 67 65 110 59
AMOXICILLIN 67 59 110 112
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 49 112 107
SPIRIVA 63 50 113 75
SUCRALFATE 62 57 114 171
RAMIPRIL 61 21 115 98
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 46 116 118
GEMFIBROZIL 60 58 116 117
PROAIR HFA 59 44 118 69
FLUCONAZOLE 59 46 118 148
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 57 30 120 108
KLOR-CON M10 57 54 120 140
LEVEMIR 56 46 122 161
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 51 122 135
KLOR-CON M20 53 45 124 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 43 124 63
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 39 R 124 164
BUPROPION XL 53 40 124 165
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 53 53 124 184
MINOXIDIL 52 21 129 316
FELODIPINE ER 51 51 130 150
METHOTREXATE 50 39 131 195
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 Sept. 18, 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.