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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,170Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 1456

$1.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 1456

620 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 25,504 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 1,209 983 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 962 787 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 879 699 3 4
LISINOPRIL 817 683 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 736 631 5 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 719 632 6 15
OMEPRAZOLE 681 554 7 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 666 542 S3 8 6
RANITIDINE HCL 661 562 9 27
GABAPENTIN 653 571 10 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 645 605 11 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 645 599 11 12
TRAMADOL HCL 551 472 13 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 510 510 14 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 487 416 15 22
NAMENDA 459 459 16 38
METFORMIN HCL 452 334 17 8
CARVEDILOL 391 313 18 20
CLOPIDOGREL 377 346 19 32
CLONIDINE HCL 307 275 20 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 295 238 21 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 284 225 22 14
CRESTOR 267 217 23 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 261 225 24 19
FAMOTIDINE 255 214 25 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 248 200 26 9
NEXIUM 242 168 27 23
SERTRALINE HCL 235 190 28 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 197 29 11
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 229 215 30 136
PLAVIX 219 199 31 46
KLOR-CON M20 207 158 32 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 146 32 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 148 32 24
DIOVAN 204 158 35 35
ALLOPURINOL 203 189 36 31
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 201 198 37 198
MIRTAZAPINE 196 192 38 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 189 137 39 108
TAMSULOSIN HCL 189 169 39 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 182 131 R 41 66
RISPERIDONE 178 152 42 72
AZITHROMYCIN 174 130 43 44
NOVOLOG 166 156 44 104
PAROXETINE HCL 166 155 44 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 163 131 46 48
DIGOXIN 162 158 47 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 162 109 47 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 162 142 47 60
FENTANYL 161 133 S2 50 114
ATENOLOL 158 138 51 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 156 133 52 36
MELOXICAM 144 127 53 30
KLOR-CON M10 143 133 54 140
EXELON 138 138 55 105
TIZANIDINE HCL 135 70 56 116
DIOVAN HCT 132 122 57 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 98 58 16
KLOR-CON 10 129 100 59 96
PREDNISONE 128 105 60 42
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 127 112 61 178
TRAZODONE HCL 123 110 62 47
ZETIA 122 111 63 71
SUCRALFATE 119 96 64 171
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 114 97 65 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 114 84 65 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 96 67 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 94 68 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 107 69 78
MECLIZINE HCL 110 95 70 101
FENOFIBRATE 107 89 71 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 80 71 33
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 105 84 73 163
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 86 74 63
BENAZEPRIL HCL 100 67 75 57
LANTUS 99 93 76 50
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 97 97 77 184
GLIPIZIDE 92 76 78 53
SANTYL 91 91 79 226
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 58 R 80 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 76 81 85
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 87 87 81 207
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 61 R 83 77
LEVEMIR 84 62 84 161
GLIPIZIDE ER 84 59 84 86
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 75 84 90
BYSTOLIC 84 72 84 102
AMOXICILLIN 82 59 88 112
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 39 89 64
VALPROIC ACID 79 79 90 230
LACTULOSE 78 58 91 192
CILOSTAZOL 78 78 91 240
LEVETIRACETAM 77 77 93 97
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 77 93 49
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 71 95 158
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 75 61 96 125
COLCRYS 75 73 96 122
GLYBURIDE 73 73 R 98 94
CEPHALEXIN 72 68 99 123
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 72 R 99 179
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 71 101 74
CYMBALTA 71 70 101 52
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 68 103 120
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 60 103 107
SYNTHROID 68 64 105 37
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 49 R 105 164
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 67 67 107 126
FLUCONAZOLE 66 43 108 148
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 53 109 58
PHENYTOIN 62 48 110 253
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 62 62 110 464
NIFEDIPINE ER 62 56 110 81
SPIRIVA 62 41 110 75
TRICOR 61 56 114 92
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 60 115 143
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 58 29 116 204
VENTOLIN HFA 56 34 117 121
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 29 117 128
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 56 50 117 331
RAMIPRIL 55 55 120 98
VERAPAMIL ER 53 50 121 82
PROAIR HFA 52 43 122 69
NITROSTAT 52 47 122 233
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 122 141
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 51 27 R 125 119
NYSTATIN 51 48 125 237
DETROL LA 50 49 127 213
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 July 16, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.