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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,254Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 345 out of 1491

$813K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 241 out of 1491

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

3% of this provider’s 475 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 475 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

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 665 561 119 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 646 468 111 2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 422 364 74 3 6
ATENOLOL 411 286 72 4 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 348 260 56 5 28
CLONIDINE HCL 320 248 50 6 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 317 236 69 7 56
LISINOPRIL 284 201 68 8 4
NEXIUM 274 182 38 9 25
OMEPRAZOLE 265 183 49 10 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 222 172 35 11 2
JANUVIA 195 180 27 12 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 192 126 70 13 29
GABAPENTIN 184 130 37 14 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 183 27 15 34
METFORMIN HCL 177 119 37 16 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 150 31 17 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 168 140 27 18 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 163 133 30 19 47
CRESTOR 154 140 28 20 27
SERTRALINE HCL 154 149* 30 20 26
FUROSEMIDE 153 123 41 22 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 113 27 23 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150 118 37 23 16
CLOPIDOGREL 146 133 30 25 18
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 145 86 29 26 45
TRAMADOL HCL 144 107 40 27 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 116 85 17 28 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 110* 22 29 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 97 21 30 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 73 19 31 38
NAMENDA 101 101 18 32 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 64 41 S3 33 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 85 23 33 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 97 72 20 35 37
ALLOPURINOL 95 68 17 36 32
CARVEDILOL 94 82 21 37 17
NAPROXEN 91 48 26 38 110
DEXILANT 90 59 17 39 155
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 66 14 40 62
PAROXETINE HCL 79 74* 15 41 72
DIOVAN 77 66 12 42 40
CELEBREX 76 62 19 43 84
BENICAR 74 59 12 44 128
KLOR-CON M20 72 49 19 45 60
TRAZODONE HCL 72 60 13 45 43
PREDNISONE 71 49 46 47 44
RANITIDINE HCL 63 49 13 48 30
VOLTAREN 60 55* 45 49 158
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 40 11 49 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 41 19 49 65
SPIRIVA 59 54* 17 52 77
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 <11 <11 R 52 73
CYMBALTA 58 <11 <11 54 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 44 15 55 33
BYSTOLIC 56 <11 <11 55 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 55 11 57 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 <11 <11 58 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 <11 <11 58 79
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 53 48* 23 60 126
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 36 12 61 49
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 May 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.