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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,459Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 1456

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 1456

931 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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

6% of this provider’s 931 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 931 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 24,040 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

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,512 1,266 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,073 782 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 1,063 798 3 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 875 645 4 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 811 607 5 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 755 622 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 700 518 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 691 415 8 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 614 414 S3 9 6
SIMVASTATIN 587 542 10 2
NAMENDA 509 431 11 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 490 419 12 15
METFORMIN HCL 459 320 13 8
GABAPENTIN 439 289 14 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 435 232 15 21
RISPERIDONE 421 357 16 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 421 294 16 10
RANITIDINE HCL 419 265 18 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 385 304 19 29
SEROQUEL 383 276 20 154
CARVEDILOL 379 296 21 20
FAMOTIDINE 316 217 22 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 285 229 23 14
PLAVIX 282 261 24 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 278 264 25 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 275 228 26 24
MIRTAZAPINE 265 245 27 65
TRAZODONE HCL 261 187 28 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 258 218 29 16
ATENOLOL 245 191 30 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 245 96 30 108
TAMSULOSIN HCL 230 213 32 34
ALLOPURINOL 230 187 32 31
TRAMADOL HCL 223 150 34 17
SERTRALINE HCL 220 188 35 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 219 200 R 36 70
CLONIDINE HCL 210 153 37 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 208 205 38 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198 169 39 19
PAROXETINE HCL 192 156 40 67
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 191 126 41 78
GLIPIZIDE 189 121 42 53
DIGOXIN 187 187 43 62
CRESTOR 181 115 44 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 176 101 45 55
MELOXICAM 172 149 46 30
BACLOFEN 172 96 46 168
LOVASTATIN 167 119 48 40
BUPROPION XL 163 80 49 165
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 162 134 50 95
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 157 141 51 61
PROMETHAZINE HCL 156 98 R 52 77
AZITHROMYCIN 156 125 52 44
AMIODARONE HCL 155 155 54 228
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 154 51 55 128
NEXIUM 153 119 56 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 148 108 57 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 147 131 58 90
GEMFIBROZIL 147 108 58 117
SYNTHROID 146 126 60 37
CLOPIDOGREL 144 113 61 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 144 103 61 89
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 98 S2 63 109
LEVETIRACETAM 138 39 64 97
DIOVAN 137 95 65 35
LIPITOR 133 103 66 76
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 131 53 R 67 222
HYDRALAZINE HCL 129 24 68 48
ACTOS 129 90 68 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 118 96 70 58
PREDNISONE 116 98 71 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 93 72 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 111 104 73 57
CYMBALTA 109 97 74 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 97 75 141
VALPROIC ACID 105 80 75 230
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 104 88 77 125
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 62 78 28
BUSPIRONE HCL 99 45 79 151
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 98 92 80 203
DIOVAN HCT 98 89 80 59
CEPHALEXIN 98 46 80 123
EXELON 96 79 83 105
METFORMIN HCL ER 95 79 84 54
DILTIAZEM ER 94 49 85 147
BENICAR 93 91 86 130
GEODON 91 0 87 363
SUCRALFATE 91 85 87 171
ZETIA 91 91 87 71
LEVEMIR 91 49 87 161
NOVOLOG 88 19 91 104
LANTUS 85 59 92 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 60 92 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 44 94 73
LYRICA 82 64 95 91
SINGULAIR 81 75 96 83
NOVOLIN R 79 34 97 133
VESICARE 78 66 98 200
FINASTERIDE 74 74 99 110
FENOFIBRATE 73 60 100 56
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 55 100 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 48 102 79
KLOR-CON M20 72 61 102 51
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 13 104 136
MECLIZINE HCL 70 51 105 101
DOXEPIN HCL 70 0 105 245
NIASPAN 67 48 107 127
CELEBREX 65 65 108 88
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 64 63 R 109 119
NABUMETONE 63 59 110 212
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 63 38 110 129
TIZANIDINE HCL 62 0 112 116
HYDROXYZINE HCL 62 37 R 112 164
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 61 34 114 234
WELCHOL 60 60 115 194
BYSTOLIC 60 50 115 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 60 115 36
OXCARBAZEPINE 60 0 115 315
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 50 119 85
MORPHINE SULFATE 58 30 S2 120 287
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 54 121 93
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 50 R 121 66
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 0 123 227
TRICOR 56 53 123 92
RIVASTIGMINE 55 55 125 292
VERAPAMIL ER 55 45 125 82
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 55 0 125 184
CLOZAPINE 54 54 128 387
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 32 128 63
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 23 128 167
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 42 128 84
LAMOTRIGINE 54 37 128 258
ONGLYZA 53 53 133 202
JANUVIA 52 43 134 68
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 52 134 223
HALOPERIDOL 52 52 134 254
CALCIUM ACETATE 51 0 137 268
CEFDINIR 51 42 137 216
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 37 137 182
RAMIPRIL 50 46 140 98
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 50 16 140 208
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 12, 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.