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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,387Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 1456

$2.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 1456

818 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

1% of this provider’s 818 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 818 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 35,414 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
NEXIUM 1,391 1,374 1 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,226 1,178 2 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,125 1,102 3 14
CRESTOR 936 918 4 26
METFORMIN HCL 896 868 5 8
ATENOLOL 851 840 6 18
FUROSEMIDE 788 758 7 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 783 765 8 34
SIMVASTATIN 705 686 9 2
GABAPENTIN 613 596 10 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 598 596 11 60
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 594 578 12 4
DIOVAN HCT 577 577 13 59
CLOPIDOGREL 555 551 14 32
LIDODERM 537 528 15 166
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 519 516 16 11
OMEPRAZOLE 508 499 17 5
LISINOPRIL 498 469 18 3
PERIOGARD 467 462 10 19 308
CLONIDINE HCL 458 446 20 39
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 449 444 21 84
WARFARIN SODIUM 440 437 22 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 437 410 23 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 433 420 24 36
DIOVAN 425 420 25 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 409 387 26 41
FINASTERIDE 383 370 27 110
CARVEDILOL 379 371 28 20
LIPITOR 375 375 29 76
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 365 357 30 12
PLAVIX 361 356 31 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 348 289 32 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 330 314 33 24
GLIPIZIDE 323 299 34 53
MECLIZINE HCL 322 322 35 101
GLIPIZIDE XL 310 298 36 134
FLUOXETINE HCL 303 298 37 55
PAROXETINE HCL 292 281 38 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 291 277 39 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 281 267 40 49
VOLTAREN 281 277 40 214
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 272 265 42 61
CREON 255 239 43 296
TRAMADOL HCL 248 248 44 17
ALLOPURINOL 246 243 45 31
SYNTHROID 234 234 46 37
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 229 219 S3 47 174
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 224 219 48 74
RANITIDINE HCL 221 212 49 27
DIGOXIN 220 220 50 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 214 214 51 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 212 210 52 85
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 211 52 10
FAMOTIDINE 205 205 54 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195 180 55 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 184 179 56 28
DILTIAZEM ER 179 167 57 147
SERTRALINE HCL 178 174 58 25
AZITHROMYCIN 177 170 59 44
PEN NEEDLE 169 167 60 131
PRANDIN 169 159 60 354
JANUVIA 169 169 60 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 169 169 60 63
AMIODARONE HCL 164 164 64 228
NITROSTAT 158 154 65 233
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 152 152 66 178
LUNESTA 147 147 67 276
GLYBURIDE 147 139 R 67 94
BENICAR HCT 142 142 69 160
TRAZODONE HCL 138 138 70 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 138 138 70 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 138 138 70 29
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 98 73 93
ENABLEX 127 127 74 283
LOVAZA 127 125 74 162
SINGLE USE SWAB 126 121 76 404
KETOCONAZOLE 125 125 77 241
LEXAPRO 113 104 78 206
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 113 S3 78 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 111 111 80 22
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 109 107 81 158
CILOSTAZOL 108 105 82 240
FELODIPINE ER 108 108 82 150
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 107 107 84 198
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 99 85 64
DILTIAZEM HCL 105 105 86 223
BYSTOLIC 104 97 87 102
AFEDITAB CR 102 102 88 370
AVODART 101 101 89 218
PROAIR HFA 100 93 90 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 97 89 91 73
PINDOLOL 96 96 92 430
LANTUS 96 95 92 50
AZOR 95 95 94 262
PROCTOZONE-HC 93 93 95 432
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 91 83 96 120
PREDNISONE 89 85 97 42
SINGULAIR 89 89 97 83
ACTOS 87 86 99 115
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 85 85 100 87
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 84 84 101 208
TRICOR 83 75 102 92
LABETALOL HCL 83 79 102 180
DETROL LA 82 82 104 213
LYRICA 81 80 105 91
IBUPROFEN 81 78 105 103
LOVASTATIN 79 66 107 40
AMMONIUM LACTATE 77 77 108 378
RAMIPRIL 76 76 109 98
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 73 73 110 163
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 72 65 111 95
PATANOL 72 72 111 339
GALANTAMINE HBR 70 70 113 309
CYMBALTA 68 68 114 52
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 67 67 R 115 119
ULORIC 66 61 116 324
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 62 116 58
NOVOLOG 64 63 118 104
BENICAR 64 64 118 130
TORSEMIDE 63 63 120 145
FLOVENT HFA 62 62 121 361
PENTOXIFYLLINE 62 52 121 322
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 62 62 121 331
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 61 61 124 207
EXELON 58 58 125 105
SPIRIVA 57 57 126 75
MIRTAZAPINE 57 57 126 65
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 50 R 126 77
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 54 129 89
PREMARIN 53 50 R 130 99
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 47 R 131 70
VERAPAMIL ER 51 51 132 82
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 June 24, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.