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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,351Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 133 out of 1491

$904K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 190 out of 1491

829 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

1% of this provider’s 829 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 829 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 738 694 127 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 644 605 89 2 2
LISINOPRIL 619 552 103 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 606 574 114 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 590 541 110 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 423 361 63 6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 419 364 88 S3 7 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 413 389 72 8 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 403 371 64 9 6
GABAPENTIN 368 330 77 10 13
FUROSEMIDE 368 349 83 10 8
LORAZEPAM 367 327 75 B 12 42
CLOPIDOGREL 331 326* 52 13 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 325 274 62 14 11
DIOVAN 320 306 51 15 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 319 290 52 16 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 312 307* 55 17 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 311 288 53 18 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 305 291 63 19 10
SERTRALINE HCL 271 228 53 20 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 264 264 48 21 35
ALLOPURINOL 254 242 44 22 32
NAMENDA 242 242 38 23 36
MELOXICAM 231 226* 61 24 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 230 211 37 25 98
FINASTERIDE 209 209 33 26 95
TRAMADOL HCL 198 173 55 27 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 197 179 39 28 20
CEFUROXIME 195 169 138 29 122
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 189 176 32 30 33
PREDNISONE 184 158 116 31 44
TRAZODONE HCL 179 142 37 32 43
LOVASTATIN 171 150 33 33 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 168 144 24 34 63
CRESTOR 161 148 34 35 27
CYMBALTA 155 127 25 36 51
NEXIUM 152 119 36 37 25
AMOXICILLIN 144 130 106 38 105
DONEPEZIL HCL 138 138 21 39 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 134 129* 31 40 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 131 126* 102 41 66
GLIPIZIDE 118 97 17 42 58
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 114 21 43 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 114 109* 14 43 70
PAROXETINE HCL 102 81 23 45 72
ATENOLOL 100 95* 18 46 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 100 95* 20 46 87
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 87 16 48 28
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 81 63 48 76
SYNTHROID 98 93* 15 50 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 98 93* 23 50 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 93* 22 50 22
AZITHROMYCIN 87 82* 72 53 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 87 82* 16 53 113
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 73 15 55 74
METFORMIN HCL ER 83 69 19 56 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 82 13 57 170
ESTRADIOL 82 71 18 R 57 139
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 76* 43 59 29
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 55 26 R 60 75
LANTUS 78 60 12 61 57
FLUCONAZOLE 78 54 42 61 140
CELEBREX 76 71* 16 63 84
CARVEDILOL 75 70* 14 64 17
BYSTOLIC 75 <11 <11 64 96
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 63 12 66 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 65* 11 67 38
MECLIZINE HCL 70 65* 33 67 104
KLOR-CON M20 69 64* 12 69 60
PREMARIN 69 69 17 R 69 115
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 49 11 71 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 <11 <11 72 52
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 <11 <11 73 130
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 60 20 74 85
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 57 <11 <11 R 75 156
ALPRAZOLAM 56 <11 <11 B 76 23
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 <11 <11 77 136
DIAZEPAM 53 53 14 B 78 114
DIGOX 53 <11 <11 78 88
METOLAZONE 52 52 18 80 216
MIRTAZAPINE 52 52 12 80 71
PROAIR HFA 52 47* 22 80 69
PRADAXA 52 <11 <11 80 244
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 <11 <11 A 84 68
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 51 20 84 146
RISPERIDONE 50 <11 <11 A 86 81
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 Dec. 17, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.