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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,262Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 179 out of 1491

$829K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 229 out of 1491

244 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 244 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 244 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

71 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Georgia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,185 1,038 68 S3 1 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 587 543 67 2 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 466 442 64 3 12
FUROSEMIDE 399 394* 58 4 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 366 351 17 5 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 348 317 45 6 2
LORAZEPAM 348 331 48 B 6 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 302 46 8 24
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 313 302 57 9 152
LIDODERM 313 308* 34 9 166
NAMENDA 308 308 21 11 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 297 292* 47 12 85
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 282 277* 44 13 209
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 271 266* 44 14 1
GABAPENTIN 271 246 23 14 13
CYMBALTA 263 229 17 16 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 250 245* 30 17 47
LISINOPRIL 248 229 39 18 4
LANTUS 248 227 29 18 57
RISPERIDONE 245 227 34 A 20 81
SIMVASTATIN 230 200 36 21 3
ALPRAZOLAM 221 205 22 B 22 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 219 208 21 23 107
FAMOTIDINE* 213 208* 38 24 46
MIRTAZAPINE 209 198 40 25 71
LYRICA 201 <11 <11 26 80
OMEPRAZOLE 196 191* 37 27 5
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 194 177 20 28 141
DONEPEZIL HCL 178 178 24 29 34
NEXIUM 178 154 15 29 25
CLOPIDOGREL 178 173* 21 29 18
SERTRALINE HCL 174 169* 24 32 26
METFORMIN HCL 159 126 15 33 9
TRAMADOL HCL 152 147* 22 34 15
CARVEDILOL 151 135 19 35 17
CRESTOR 140 <11 <11 36 27
FENTANYL 138 <11 <11 S2 37 123
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 109 21 38 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 114 28 39 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 107 26 40 33
NOVOLOG 113 108* 17 41 119
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 109 <11 <11 42 79
LEVETIRACETAM 109 64 12 42 101
TRAZODONE HCL 109 98 19 42 43
BUPROPION HCL SR 99 58 12 45 176
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 98 <11 <11 46 154
BACLOFEN 97 <11 <11 47 145
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92 81 19 48 146
LIDOCAINE 89 84* 25 49 371
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 <11 <11 S2 50 112
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 86 13 51 64
AMITIZA 84 <11 <11 52 257
TORSEMIDE 84 <11 <11 52 147
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 70 15 54 6
CLONIDINE 77 <11 <11 55 294
METHADONE HCL 76 <11 <11 S2 56 193
CLONAZEPAM 75 <11 <11 B 57 50
GLIPIZIDE 74 <11 <11 58 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 <11 <11 59 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 <11 <11 59 59
LACTULOSE 71 <11 <11 61 196
ABILIFY 70 <11 <11 A 62 192
CHOLESTYRAMINE 69 53 11 63 393
TRANSDERM-SCOP 67 <11 <11 64 306
CLONIDINE HCL 64 <11 <11 65 41
SPIRIVA 64 64 17 65 77
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 <11 <11 A 67 68
MUPIROCIN* 63 <11 <11 67 236
VESICARE 61 <11 <11 69 160
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 <11 <11 70 113
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 53* 12 71 65
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 <11 <11 71 45
OXYCODONE HCL 57 <11 <11 S2 73 125
NASONEX 56 <11 <11 74 247
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 <11 <11 R 74 75
PREDNISONE 54 <11 <11 76 44
LIDOCAINE HCL* 51 46* 32 77 319
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 <11 <11 78 14
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 8, 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.