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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,528Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 1121

$1.73M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 1121

611 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 611 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 32,751 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

60 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,237 1,151 1 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,132 1,053 2 11
MIRTAZAPINE 1,054 997 3 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 968 903 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 901 818 S3 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 872 818 6 2
OMEPRAZOLE 849 759 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 765 704 8 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 709 694 9 35
TRAZODONE HCL 653 590 10 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 638 588 11 18
JANTOVEN 577 532 12 146
GLIMEPIRIDE 569 485 13 34
GABAPENTIN 559 476 14 13
SERTRALINE HCL 530 473 15 21
HUMALOG 509 453 16 150
SIMVASTATIN 484 426 17 1
CYMBALTA 481 409 18 50
RISPERIDONE 469 374 19 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 463 415 20 75
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 460 400 21 189
LISINOPRIL 453 422 22 4
LANTUS 438 403 23 52
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 424 352 24 141
LEVOXYL 414 389 25 151
BENAZEPRIL HCL 400 369 26 41
MUPIROCIN 395 336 27 225
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 384 334 28 98
CLONIDINE HCL 371 353 29 39
NAMENDA 370 346 30 53
CARVEDILOL 362 309 31 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 359 321 32 70
PREDNISONE 330 292 33 43
SANTYL 296 275 34 250
KLOR-CON M20 285 284 35 85
EXELON 278 247 36 119
BUSPIRONE HCL 257 240 37 114
TAMSULOSIN HCL 254 248 38 32
BACLOFEN 244 139 39 131
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238 238 40 17
CLOPIDOGREL 234 211 41 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 226 212 42 66
DILTIAZEM ER 222 207 43 105
RANITIDINE HCL 222 200 43 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 203 192 45 79
FAMOTIDINE 203 181 45 63
SEROQUEL 194 171 47 134
METFORMIN HCL 191 172 48 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 182 159 49 12
LACTULOSE 175 159 50 132
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 169 126 51 29
PAROXETINE HCL 166 160 52 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 165 126 53 226
MELOXICAM 163 162 54 22
SPIRIVA 160 151 55 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 152 144 56 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 148 57 36
TRICOR 151 141 57 126
PLAVIX 148 142 59 42
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 147 135 60 135
PROMETHAZINE HCL 147 129 R 60 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 116 62 15
ATENOLOL 144 142 63 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 141 104 64 113
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 139 122 65 94
TRAMADOL HCL 138 136 66 25
RIVASTIGMINE 136 123 67 273
CEFTRIAXONE 136 122 67 197
LIDODERM 134 130 69 229
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 131 124 70 118
NYAMYC 130 120 10 71 346
ALLOPURINOL 129 113 72 30
LIDOCAINE HCL 126 112 73 237
LAMOTRIGINE 124 113 74 187
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 101 75 14
CRESTOR 119 96 76 28
DIGOXIN 118 104 77 59
MEGESTROL ACETATE 115 107 R 78 185
LEVEMIR 113 90 79 157
OLANZAPINE 107 90 80 181
OXCARBAZEPINE 106 84 81 289
NYSTATIN 104 99 82 147
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 93 83 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 98 92 84 160
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 97 84 23
LEVETIRACETAM 97 97 86 125
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 78 86 60
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 96 89 88 101
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 93 89 37
LYRICA 93 90 89 76
OXYCODONE HCL 90 84 S2 91 68
SODIUM CHLORIDE 90 87 91 262
NITROFURANTOIN 89 87 93 231
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 83 94 62
KLOR-CON 10 86 78 95 69
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 84 68 96 73
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 83 76 97 198
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 83 78 97 317
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 67 99 10
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 56 100 128
VESICARE 78 66 101 186
LOVASTATIN 77 77 102 26
NOVOLOG 76 60 103 139
DILTIAZEM HCL 74 69 104 261
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 64 104 19
METHADONE HCL 74 74 S2 104 178
FENOFIBRATE 72 61 107 71
CALCITONIN-SALMON 71 55 108 280
PRIMIDONE 71 71 108 217
RESTASIS 70 70 110 327
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 58 R 110 168
AMIODARONE HCL 69 61 112 188
CARBAMAZEPINE 69 39 112 203
IBUPROFEN 68 64 114 110
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 55 115 169
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 49 115 108
AGGRENOX 65 57 117 177
HALOPERIDOL 65 50 117 242
SOTALOL 64 64 119 199
NEXIUM 64 53 119 24
COMBIVENT 63 51 121 129
CARAFATE 63 32 121 445
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 59 123 91
LATANOPROST 59 59 124 314
SPS 59 59 124 393
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 58 124 158
GALANTAMINE HBR 58 57 127 243
GLYBURIDE 57 45 R 128 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 43 128 54
ONDANSETRON HCL 57 54 128 234
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 128 319
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 56 48 132 192
CLONIDINE 56 56 132 304
FENTANYL 53 53 S2 134 100
CELEBREX 53 38 134 104
CEPHALEXIN 53 51 134 111
ABILIFY 52 51 137 216
PATADAY 52 52 137 472
PHENYTOIN 52 52 137 308
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 47 140 120
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 48 S2 140 122
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 May 9, 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.