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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,785Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 1456

$1.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 1456

882 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

21% of this provider’s 882 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

57% of this provider’s 882 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 11,980 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 3,683 1,204 S3 1 6
CARISOPRODOL 1,112 168 R 2 80
GABAPENTIN 870 249 3 13
MELOXICAM 804 177 4 30
SIMVASTATIN 738 409 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 736 312 6 7
LISINOPRIL 720 327 7 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 709 226 8 14
TRAMADOL HCL 698 230 9 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 650 292 10 4
OMEPRAZOLE 643 299 11 5
METFORMIN HCL 633 246 12 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 587 282 13 12
OXYCODONE HCL 568 69 S2 14 124
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 507 96 R 15 66
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 470 187 16 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 450 308 17 1
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 387 79 S2 18 173
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 386 177 19 15
NEXIUM 382 167 20 23
RANITIDINE HCL 355 166 21 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 343 99 22 22
PROMETHAZINE HCL 343 87 R 22 77
TRAZODONE HCL 330 84 24 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 326 127 25 10
TIZANIDINE HCL 295 72 26 116
GLIPIZIDE 294 133 27 53
ENDOCET 263 110 S2 28 146
NAPROXEN 257 40 29 100
KLOR-CON 10 227 101 30 96
CLONIDINE HCL 224 89 31 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 224 74 31 63
PROAIR HFA 216 55 33 69
PREDNISONE 194 39 34 42
ALLOPURINOL 194 87 34 31
CYMBALTA 191 46 36 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 186 74 37 34
ATENOLOL 182 89 38 18
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 176 146 39 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 65 40 11
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 170 58 R 41 70
FENTANYL 168 19 S2 42 114
FAMOTIDINE 166 51 43 45
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 158 41 44 95
AZITHROMYCIN 157 74 45 44
SERTRALINE HCL 156 87 46 25
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 155 33 47 125
COMBIVENT 149 40 48 110
FLUOXETINE HCL 142 75 49 55
VENTOLIN HFA 142 55 49 121
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 36 S2 51 132
CLOPIDOGREL 138 70 52 32
COLCRYS 136 102 53 122
ZETIA 132 52 54 71
IBUPROFEN 130 24 55 103
GLIMEPIRIDE 130 50 55 33
MORPHINE SULFATE 129 27 S2 57 287
CARVEDILOL 127 55 58 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 45 59 58
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 124 71 R 60 119
INSULIN SYRINGE 122 63 61 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 60 62 19
LYRICA 115 32 63 91
PLAVIX 112 54 64 46
GLYBURIDE 112 41 R 64 94
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 111 29 66 107
SPIRIVA 110 45 67 75
KLOR-CON M20 106 23 68 51
CEPHALEXIN 105 28 69 123
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 40 70 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 102 49 70 61
DICYCLOMINE HCL 101 36 72 239
NOVOLIN 70-30 101 54 72 144
SYMBICORT 100 26 74 157
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 87 75 29
FLUCONAZOLE 99 18 75 148
DIGOXIN 95 58 77 62
PAROXETINE HCL 93 45 78 67
ACTOS 92 56 79 115
SINGULAIR 92 20 79 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 33 81 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 0 82 89
NAMENDA 86 85 82 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 44 84 74
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 55 85 41
LANTUS 81 23 86 50
LEVETIRACETAM 81 19 86 97
METHOCARBAMOL 80 11 R 88 232
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 73 89 60
NAPROXEN SODIUM 77 44 90 391
TRICOR 75 0 91 92
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 75 12 S2 91 364
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 47 91 81
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 74 12 94 325
ABILIFY 71 12 95 244
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 19 95 90
BACLOFEN 70 0 97 168
CRESTOR 67 11 98 26
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 0 98 128
GEMFIBROZIL 65 26 100 117
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 28 100 163
ESTRADIOL 65 16 R 100 153
INDOMETHACIN 64 36 R 103 311
OLANZAPINE 64 24 103 183
PRAZOSIN HCL 64 64 103 461
XOPENEX HFA 63 14 106 250
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 62 47 107 201
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 26 S2 107 109
PREMARIN 61 19 R 109 99
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 16 110 21
DIOVAN HCT 59 28 110 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 33 112 43
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 0 112 137
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 47 114 143
MIRTAZAPINE 56 38 114 65
OXYCONTIN 56 0 S2 114 235
VERAPAMIL ER 55 0 117 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 38 118 57
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 24 118 73
ONDANSETRON ODT 52 17 120 487
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 52 31 120 238
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 40 122 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 20 122 85
TEMAZEPAM 50 13 124 313
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 Nov. 5, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.