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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,866Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 144 out of 1491

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 124 out of 1491

921 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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

2% of this provider’s 921 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 921 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 769 730 147 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 660 625 134 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 585 557 110 3 3
NAMENDA 496 491* 79 4 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 470 465* 96 5 6
LISINOPRIL 449 431 93 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 428 423* 87 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 424 374 90 8 5
MELOXICAM 363 358* 128 9 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 356 335 86 10 11
METFORMIN HCL 329 296 61 11 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 328 323* 53 12 34
SERTRALINE HCL 292 287* 65 13 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 266 261* 48 14 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 264 259* 47 15 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 239 220 52 16 10
ATENOLOL 237 232* 31 17 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 231 226* 98 18 29
CLOPIDOGREL 228 223* 34 19 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 181 58 20 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 210 137 68 S3 21 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 208 203* 40 22 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 198 193* 31 23 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 183 172 32 24 52
CRESTOR 180 175* 33 25 27
TRAZODONE HCL 180 175* 43 25 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 176 176 30 27 49
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 169 164* 45 28 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 152 36 29 28
KLOR-CON M10 162 157* 29 30 132
CARVEDILOL 154 149* 31 31 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 153 148* 28 A 32 68
RISPERIDONE 147 142* 27 A 33 81
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 144 28 34 14
TRAMADOL HCL 141 125 43 35 15
EXELON 135 135 27 36 121
LORAZEPAM 132 127* 47 B 37 42
BYSTOLIC 128 123* 28 38 96
MIRTAZAPINE 122 117* 23 39 71
GABAPENTIN 121 116* 28 40 13
BENICAR 119 114* 19 41 128
JANUVIA 117 112* 18 42 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 116 23 43 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 115 25 44 19
KLOR-CON M20 115 110* 26 44 60
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 95 21 46 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 105* 82 47 66
ALPRAZOLAM 109 93 35 B 48 23
ALLOPURINOL 106 106 15 49 32
CELEBREX 104 99* 25 50 84
DIOVAN 92 92 17 51 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 90 17 52 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 84* 17 53 79
NEXIUM 87 72 16 54 25
CYMBALTA 86 86 15 55 51
EVISTA 85 85 16 56 116
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 83 13 57 59
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 77* 17 58 37
FINASTERIDE 81 81 19 59 95
SPIRIVA 81 67 17 59 77
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 80 75* 64 61 118
FENOFIBRATE* 77 77 12 62 54
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 76 13 63 83
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 70* 16 64 53
SYNTHROID 74 74 20 65 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 <11 <11 66 64
PAROXETINE HCL 68 55 11 67 72
JANUMET 68 68 12 67 173
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 63* 32 R 67 75
GALANTAMINE HBR 67 <11 <11 70 313
RANITIDINE HCL 65 65 12 71 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 65 17 71 65
CEPHALEXIN 65 53 57 71 129
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 <11 <11 71 154
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 65 <11 <11 71 45
RAMIPRIL 63 63 17 76 108
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 63 13 76 78
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 15 78 86
LOVASTATIN 62 62 13 78 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 56* 50 80 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 <11 <11 81 70
ZOSTAVAX 59 54* 59 82 190
TEMAZEPAM 57 46 18 B 83 82
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 <11 <11 84 47
LANTUS 54 <11 <11 85 57
VESICARE 54 49* 18 85 160
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 47* 43 87 94
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 <11 <11 88 168
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 Oct. 1, 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.