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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,721Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1121

$1.97M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 1121

877 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

18% of this provider’s 877 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 877 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 38,893 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 2,288 1,960 S3 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 2,156 1,905 2 11
FUROSEMIDE 1,985 1,741 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 1,461 1,216 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,271 1,107 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,000 903 6 9
LISINOPRIL 992 846 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 968 807 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 836 815 9 35
SERTRALINE HCL 776 691 10 21
RISPERIDONE 759 624 11 82
GABAPENTIN 727 629 12 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 720 609 13 18
MIRTAZAPINE 673 636 14 56
SIMVASTATIN 654 566 15 1
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 579 460 16 141
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 566 500 17 12
CARVEDILOL 467 408 18 20
NAMENDA 449 437 19 53
LACTULOSE 435 328 20 132
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 431 377 21 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 427 397 22 14
RANITIDINE HCL 425 338 23 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 412 369 24 29
LANTUS 408 327 25 52
TRAMADOL HCL 405 326 26 25
METFORMIN HCL 375 322 27 8
KLOR-CON M10 354 320 28 171
ATENOLOL 348 313 29 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 315 292 30 62
PAROXETINE HCL 313 269 31 58
NOVOLOG 304 233 32 139
CYMBALTA 302 203 33 50
FAMOTIDINE 300 255 34 63
LEVOFLOXACIN 297 259 35 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 290 248 36 98
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 263 202 37 19
PREDNISONE 262 246 38 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 260 236 39 32
EXELON 248 236 40 119
NYSTATIN 235 200 41 147
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 230 205 42 70
DIGOXIN 229 224 43 59
HUMALOG 226 191 44 150
PROMETHAZINE HCL 224 184 R 45 67
CLOPIDOGREL 222 182 46 27
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 217 151 47 189
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 214 192 48 101
ALLOPURINOL 213 213 49 30
OLANZAPINE 213 183 49 181
TRAZODONE HCL 207 163 51 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 183 52 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 203 180 52 103
SEROQUEL 198 188 54 134
BUSPIRONE HCL 196 158 55 114
CEFTRIAXONE 193 162 56 197
KLOR-CON M20 193 159 56 85
AZITHROMYCIN 188 144 58 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 168 59 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 183 183 60 118
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 177 119 61 271
SUCRALFATE 172 137 62 193
LEVETIRACETAM 172 113 62 125
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 152 64 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 169 129 65 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 167 140 66 226
SINGULAIR 161 131 67 78
ONDANSETRON HCL 158 109 68 234
OXYCODONE HCL 157 69 S2 69 68
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 153 142 70 144
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 152 138 71 57
NEXIUM 150 144 72 24
LIDODERM 150 141 72 229
FENTANYL 148 138 S2 74 100
PLAVIX 145 127 75 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 144 125 S2 76 122
LEVEMIR 144 109 76 157
SPIRIVA 143 132 78 49
NOVOLIN R 141 95 79 174
METHOCARBAMOL 139 107 R 80 159
LIDOCAINE HCL 139 119 80 237
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 126 82 15
GLIPIZIDE 137 110 83 84
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 99 84 36
SEROQUEL XR 133 89 85 236
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 133 79 85 135
CLONIDINE HCL 132 82 87 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 132 87 87 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 131 95 89 94
DILTIAZEM ER 129 117 90 105
HYDRALAZINE HCL 126 90 91 66
MEGESTROL ACETATE 125 124 R 92 185
FLUCONAZOLE 121 97 93 156
FINASTERIDE 121 112 93 117
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 120 99 95 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 119 100 96 108
LYRICA 119 70 96 76
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 117 107 98 113
SANTYL 116 87 99 250
VENLAFAXINE HCL 116 89 99 201
DILTIAZEM HCL 112 111 101 261
CARBAMAZEPINE 112 97 101 203
HUMULIN R 111 97 103 227
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 110 96 104 257
SODIUM CHLORIDE 107 95 105 262
MUPIROCIN 106 81 106 225
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 102 88 107 182
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 99 64 108 120
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 78 108 73
ABILIFY 99 65 108 216
GLIMEPIRIDE 98 97 111 34
GLYBURIDE 96 95 R 112 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 72 112 64
DIOVAN 95 95 114 45
HALOPERIDOL 92 71 115 242
AGGRENOX 91 91 116 177
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 91 76 116 158
BACLOFEN 91 56 116 131
PROPRANOLOL HCL 90 52 119 123
KLOR-CON 10 87 75 120 69
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 74 S2 120 86
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 61 122 160
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 70 123 93
ZETIA 78 65 124 80
CEPHALEXIN 76 65 125 111
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 55 R 126 61
VERAPAMIL ER 74 50 126 89
ENABLEX 73 54 128 278
LEXAPRO 73 59 128 218
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 72 68 130 317
NOVOLIN 70-30 71 57 131 235
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 61 132 169
DICYCLOMINE HCL 67 48 133 206
SYMBICORT 67 45 133 148
PENTOXIFYLLINE 63 44 135 300
GLUCAGEN 63 45 135 341
MELOXICAM 62 45 137 22
LOVASTATIN 62 62 137 26
JANUVIA 61 55 139 81
CELEBREX 61 61 139 104
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 60 41 141 192
LABETALOL HCL 60 48 141 164
TIZANIDINE HCL 59 35 143 124
LOPERAMIDE 59 53 143 453
LATANOPROST 58 57 145 314
ENDOCET 55 55 S2 146 107
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 43 147 128
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 54 48 147 403
GALANTAMINE HBR 54 54 147 243
NYSTOP 54 48 147 290
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 53 37 R 151 224
AMIODARONE HCL 53 44 151 188
BUPROPION HCL SR 53 51 151 205
GENTAK 52 49 154 472
RIVASTIGMINE 52 52 154 273
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 46 154 97
TORSEMIDE 51 51 157 155
KETOCONAZOLE 50 31 158 308
MORPHINE SULFATE 50 45 S2 158 238
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 50 50 158 38
MECLIZINE HCL 50 50 158 115
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 June 10, 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.