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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,456Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 1121

$884K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 113 out of 1121

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

5% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 430 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 14,373 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,158 813 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 934 710 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 844 615 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 693 513 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 653 450 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 620 406 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 530 464 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 492 369 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 456 387 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 455 339 10 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 427 323 11 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 399 302 12 10
CRESTOR 366 315 13 28
ATENOLOL 346 283 14 16
SERTRALINE HCL 274 213 15 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 251 216 16 17
GABAPENTIN 248 174 17 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 226 153 18 18
NEXIUM 217 162 19 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 205 149 20 11
JANUVIA 194 160 21 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 185 144 22 19
PROAIR HFA 172 115 23 48
RANITIDINE HCL 168 120 24 33
CARVEDILOL 165 138 25 20
CLOPIDOGREL 161 147 26 27
MELOXICAM 159 114 27 22
TRAMADOL HCL 157 136 28 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 153 126 29 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 147 122 30 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 146 85 31 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 142 113 32 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 142 95 R 32 61
LANTUS 137 87 34 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 117 35 32
AZITHROMYCIN 131 96 36 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 129 110 37 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 125 101 38 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 119 101 39 60
PLAVIX 116 104 40 42
COMBIVENT 115 85 41 129
FAMOTIDINE 114 74 42 63
VENTOLIN HFA 101 62 43 92
CLONIDINE HCL 96 86 44 39
LYRICA 88 46 45 76
DIGOXIN 88 76 45 59
DIOVAN 86 75 47 45
PAROXETINE HCL 85 47 48 58
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 68 49 91
PREDNISONE 84 64 49 43
SINGULAIR 83 49 51 78
SPIRIVA 83 44 51 49
CYMBALTA 82 50 53 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 47 54 64
METFORMIN HCL ER 78 60 55 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 66 55 29
GLYBURIDE 76 69 R 57 51
INSULIN SYRINGE 76 54 57 77
FENOFIBRATE 73 48 59 71
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 46 60 113
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 71 71 60 118
NAPROXEN 71 32 60 116
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 59 63 62
JANUMET 69 57 64 167
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 45 65 109
KLOR-CON M20 68 56 65 85
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 46 67 38
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 63 27 68 120
NABUMETONE 60 49 69 145
LEVEMIR 59 40 70 157
PRIMIDONE 59 46 70 217
LOVASTATIN 59 45 70 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 38 73 128
TRICOR 58 54 73 126
KLOR-CON 10 56 45 75 69
NAMENDA 55 43 76 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 52 76 31
PEN NEEDLE 55 19 76 137
LIPITOR 54 28 79 106
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 80 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 48 80 41
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 35 80 144
SINGLE USE SWAB 52 35 83 302
NIFEDIPINE ER 52 42 83 102
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 22 83 73
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 52 34 83 385
LUNESTA 51 39 87 288
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 12 88 135
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.