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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,819Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 1121

$2.55M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 1121

843 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

9% of this provider’s 843 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 843 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 36,524 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,840 1,536 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,560 1,277 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,544 1,220 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,446 1,094 S3 4 3
LISINOPRIL 1,346 1,070 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,343 1,149 6 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 993 897 7 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 966 730 10 8 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 957 760 9 9
NAMENDA 952 934 10 53
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 764 693 11 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 706 562 12 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 654 495 13 18
GABAPENTIN 638 476 14 13
CARVEDILOL 609 518 15 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 602 500 16 12
TRAZODONE HCL 598 468 17 40
RISPERIDONE 553 465 18 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 524 413 19 10
CLONIDINE HCL 506 368 20 39
CYMBALTA 484 369 21 50
LANTUS 477 372 22 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 427 337 23 98
LEVEMIR 415 316 10 24 157
METFORMIN HCL 409 341 25 8
LEVETIRACETAM 406 278 26 125
SERTRALINE HCL 378 270 27 21
MIRTAZAPINE 364 344 28 56
EXELON 359 359 29 119
CLOPIDOGREL 351 251 30 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 332 240 R 31 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 327 288 32 37
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 325 224 33 120
BENAZEPRIL HCL 323 279 34 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 320 281 35 32
FAMOTIDINE 296 258 36 63
ALLOPURINOL 276 226 37 30
BACLOFEN 258 132 38 131
JANUVIA 257 217 39 81
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 248 171 40 75
NEXIUM 245 195 41 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238 203 42 17
ABILIFY 238 166 42 216
DIOVAN 233 192 44 45
DIGOXIN 231 220 45 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 130 46 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 224 183 47 54
ATENOLOL 223 185 48 16
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 220 149 49 135
PREDNISONE 215 169 50 43
PLAVIX 211 160 51 42
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 211 171 51 160
RANITIDINE HCL 203 177 53 33
SODIUM CHLORIDE 201 169 54 262
LACTULOSE 197 155 55 132
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 194 167 56 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 190 157 57 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 188 146 58 15
TRAMADOL HCL 187 157 59 25
METOLAZONE 186 147 60 238
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 186 142 60 118
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 176 137 62 62
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 173 132 63 141
SANTYL 169 131 64 250
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 169 117 64 70
MELOXICAM 166 148 66 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 164 138 67 14
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 161 98 R 68 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 160 139 69 34
VOLTAREN 157 151 70 316
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 156 152 71 94
GLUCAGON EMERGENCY KIT 155 120 10 72 365
HALOPERIDOL 153 83 73 242
GLIPIZIDE 152 141 74 84
CILOSTAZOL 150 123 75 214
NOVOLIN R 144 108 76 174
AZITHROMYCIN 141 115 77 44
PRADAXA 140 133 78 223
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 140 117 78 182
KLOR-CON M10 139 125 80 171
PHENYTOIN 137 55 81 308
RENVELA 136 51 82 269
HUMULIN R 132 108 83 227
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 132 111 83 101
KLOR-CON 10 131 112 85 69
KLOR-CON M20 129 107 86 85
BUSPIRONE HCL 128 124 87 114
VALPROIC ACID 126 57 88 313
AMITIZA 123 107 89 247
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 122 107 90 189
LEVOFLOXACIN 120 100 91 79
MEGESTROL ACETATE 120 105 R 91 185
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 118 90 R 93 224
SEROQUEL 116 98 94 134
CEFTRIAXONE 116 96 94 197
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 114 102 96 36
DILTIAZEM HCL 113 87 97 261
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 84 98 29
LIDODERM 111 95 99 229
SINGULAIR 110 95 100 78
LABETALOL HCL 109 49 101 164
METRONIDAZOLE 107 75 102 322
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 106 87 103 128
NOVOLOG 105 60 104 139
OLANZAPINE 103 88 105 181
TRAVATAN Z 102 100 106 319
LYRICA 101 79 107 76
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 72 108 38
CLONIDINE 99 80 109 304
DEXTROSE WITH SODIUM CHLORIDE 95 81 110 409
AMOXICILLIN 95 57 110 140
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 53 112 60
SPIRIVA 94 76 112 49
FLUCONAZOLE 91 70 114 156
SENSIPAR 89 61 115 415
FINASTERIDE 88 71 116 117
GLUCAGEN 88 60 116 341
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 76 118 102
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 65 S2 119 122
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 62 120 23
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 48 120 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 66 122 64
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 77 62 123 324
CARBAMAZEPINE 74 41 124 203
METFORMIN HCL ER 74 74 124 47
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 74 60 124 103
CRESTOR 74 52 124 28
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 73 66 128 431
IBUPROFEN 72 35 129 110
AMIODARONE HCL 71 48 130 188
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 63 131 130
TRANSDERM-SCOP 70 54 131 329
PREMARIN 69 37 R 133 96
MECLIZINE HCL 68 62 134 115
BYETTA 66 53 135 328
COLCRYS 65 54 136 229
NYSTATIN 65 56 136 147
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 65 45 136 198
ONDANSETRON HCL 65 53 136 234
METHOCARBAMOL 64 36 R 140 159
NOVOLIN 70-30 64 53 140 235
RAMIPRIL 64 62 140 74
BUMETANIDE 63 49 143 152
VESICARE 60 44 144 186
AGGRENOX 60 36 144 177
SPS 60 37 144 393
FENTANYL 59 40 S2 147 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 45 147 46
NITROFURANTOIN 59 58 147 231
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 59 147 226
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 35 151 93
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 49 151 31
MUPIROCIN 57 44 153 225
LOVASTATIN 56 55 154 26
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 56 49 154 192
VIGAMOX 56 52 154 459
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 56 39 R 154 282
PRIMIDONE 55 55 158 217
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 45 159 144
DEXILANT 53 37 160 136
CLOZAPINE 53 33 160 321
ACTOS 53 28 160 133
VENTOLIN HFA 52 43 163 92
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 April 13, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.