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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,237Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 136 out of 1121

$708K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 208 out of 1121

384 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Tennessee
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 384 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 384 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,215 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Tennessee
BENAZEPRIL HCL 733 652 1 41
OMEPRAZOLE 602 556 2 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 522 458 3 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 497 448 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 470 406 5 1
INDAPAMIDE 430 371 10 6 138
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 426 335 S3 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 377 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 333 306 9 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 321 294 10 15
METFORMIN HCL 319 256 11 8
LOVASTATIN 318 257 12 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 306 279 13 18
GABAPENTIN 297 261 14 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 233 15 9
CARVEDILOL 251 233 16 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 249 236 17 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 206 183 18 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 181 168 19 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 175 132 20 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 166 161 21 62
TRAMADOL HCL 151 139 22 25
CRESTOR 151 144 22 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 150 137 24 29
ALLOPURINOL 142 132 25 30
FENOFIBRATE 138 113 26 71
LISINOPRIL 135 119 27 4
NEXIUM 129 86 28 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 128 100 29 47
FAMOTIDINE 124 111 30 63
CLOPIDOGREL 124 116 30 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 106 32 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 95 33 34
CYMBALTA 95 91 34 50
FINASTERIDE 93 91 35 117
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 63 36 36
EVISTA 91 79 37 143
CEFUROXIME 91 77 37 163
SERTRALINE HCL 90 65 39 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 85 39 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 80 41 37
PLAVIX 86 81 42 42
TEKTURNA 83 75 43 276
DIOVAN 82 82 44 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 59 44 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 78 44 70
NIASPAN 81 80 47 166
RISPERIDONE 80 46 48 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 73 49 91
VENTOLIN HFA 77 53 50 92
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 70 51 12
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 75 69 51 169
NABUMETONE 75 64 51 145
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 74 69 54 103
JANUVIA 72 72 55 81
NIFEDIPINE ER 70 70 56 102
PREDNISONE 68 63 57 43
NAMENDA 67 67 58 53
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 56 58 153
VENLAFAXINE HCL 63 32 60 201
SINGULAIR 62 50 61 78
PEN NEEDLE 61 55 62 137
MELOXICAM 57 36 63 22
JANUMET 56 47 64 167
EXFORGE 55 53 65 190
EXELON 55 55 65 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 67 99
DIGOXIN 52 52 67 59
TRILIPIX 51 43 69 207
CELEBREX 51 49 69 104
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 43 71 109
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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. 30, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.