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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,253Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 272 out of 1491

$660K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 349 out of 1491

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

4% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 435 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 564 553 81 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 530 511 81 2 1
LISINOPRIL 475 456 77 3 4
NAMENDA 465 460* 69 4 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 439 424 62 5 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 384 379* 55 A 6 68
OMEPRAZOLE 361 356* 59 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 350 345* 78 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 345 316 57 9 12
SIMVASTATIN 343 330 50 10 3
GABAPENTIN 325 278 59 11 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 253 253 37 12 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 238* 56 13 16
TRAMADOL HCL 239 234* 66 14 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 237 218 34 15 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 231 231 39 16 6
RISPERIDONE 207 202* 37 A 17 81
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 196 162 36 S3 18 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 181 176* 26 19 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 178 173* 29 20 33
CARVEDILOL 177 172* 29 21 17
SERTRALINE HCL 164 159* 27 22 26
EXELON 163 163 29 23 121
TEMAZEPAM 159 143 29 B 24 82
METFORMIN HCL 152 147* 24 25 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 152 140 34 25 107
MIRTAZAPINE 131 126* 26 27 71
CLOPIDOGREL 131 131 24 27 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 131 20 27 10
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 124 111 90 30 66
LORAZEPAM 115 115 32 B 31 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 107* 17 32 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 111 23 33 35
FAMOTIDINE* 110 93 17 34 46
ATENOLOL 109 109 16 35 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 105 100* 13 36 79
ALPRAZOLAM 100 95* 18 B 37 23
RANITIDINE HCL 89 84* 21 38 30
OLANZAPINE 79 79 13 A 39 171
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 78 16 40 11
KLOR-CON M10 76 71* 18 41 132
MEGESTROL ACETATE 75 70* 19 R 42 191
LANTUS 73 60 12 43 57
LEVETIRACETAM 71 57 14 44 101
AZITHROMYCIN 71 66* 60 44 55
CLONAZEPAM 70 70 11 B 46 50
DIGOX 68 <11 <11 47 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 <11 <11 48 49
NEXIUM 67 67 12 48 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 66 13 50 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 <11 <11 51 37
TRAZODONE HCL 64 64 14 52 43
PREDNISONE 64 51 16 52 44
KLOR-CON M20 64 64 12 52 60
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 <11 <11 55 154
CYMBALTA 61 <11 <11 56 51
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 <11 <11 57 170
LYRICA 60 <11 <11 57 80
MELOXICAM 60 60 11 57 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 54* 15 60 47
NYSTATIN 56 51* 14 61 180
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 <11 <11 62 64
GLIPIZIDE 54 <11 <11 63 58
CLONIDINE HCL 52 <11 <11 64 41
FLUCONAZOLE 51 40 32 65 140
RAMIPRIL 51 <11 <11 65 108
DIOVAN 51 <11 <11 65 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 <11 <11 68 20
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. 31, 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.