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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,638Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 91 out of 1121

$991K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 1121

432 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

12% of this provider’s 432 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 432 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,148 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

41 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
LISINOPRIL 756 637 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 705 599 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 564 473 3 6
GABAPENTIN 479 383 4 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 477 321 S3 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 407 365 6 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 379 325 7 14
FUROSEMIDE 373 326 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 350 310 9 1
ATENOLOL 346 289 10 16
CRESTOR 309 239 11 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 293 253 12 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 280 232 13 36
SERTRALINE HCL 278 234 14 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 257 211 15 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 249 246 16 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 242 205 17 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 234 180 18 47
NAMENDA 220 220 19 53
CARVEDILOL 196 164 20 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 187 154 21 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 21 35
MIRTAZAPINE 186 166 23 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 149 24 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 169 152 25 62
PAROXETINE HCL 156 124 26 58
LOVASTATIN 152 112 27 26
CLOPIDOGREL 143 113 28 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 115 29 32
CYMBALTA 134 85 30 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 107 31 12
SPIRIVA 130 84 32 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 128 115 33 118
LYRICA 125 85 34 76
EXELON 122 122 35 119
PREDNISONE 115 100 36 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 112 37 37
PLAVIX 111 96 38 42
FAMOTIDINE 109 95 39 63
NEXIUM 109 68 39 24
RISPERIDONE 105 104 41 82
MELOXICAM 101 70 42 22
PROAIR HFA 97 53 43 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 97 77 43 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 66 45 31
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 95 89 46 409
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 93 50 47 228
FENTANYL 90 72 S2 48 100
TRAMADOL HCL 89 86 49 25
AZOR 87 80 50 274
METFORMIN HCL 84 66 51 8
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 81 39 52 222
HUMALOG 81 75 52 150
JANUVIA 81 64 52 81
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 80 45 55 109
ALLOPURINOL 80 80 55 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 50 55 19
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 79 40 58 180
RANITIDINE HCL 79 75 58 33
DIGOXIN 76 76 60 59
BACLOFEN 75 74 61 131
TRAZODONE HCL 73 29 62 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 69 63 113
BYSTOLIC 72 69 63 121
CELEBREX 71 42 65 104
PEN NEEDLE 69 49 66 137
GEMFIBROZIL 69 59 66 88
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 31 68 75
METHADONE HCL 62 27 S2 69 178
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 52 69 54
DILTIAZEM ER 59 51 71 105
VENLAFAXINE HCL 59 50 71 201
EXFORGE 59 59 71 190
LEVETIRACETAM 58 51 74 125
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 51 74 91
TOPIRAMATE 56 15 76 202
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 43 77 23
AMIODARONE HCL 55 55 77 188
NOVOLOG 55 19 77 139
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 0 S2 80 87
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 53 80 141
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 46 80 57
JANUMET 53 46 83 167
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 48 R 84 67
CEFTRIAXONE 52 48 84 197
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 33 86 64
NITROFURANTOIN 50 28 86 231
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 Aug. 6, 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.