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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,705Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 1121

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 1121

935 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

6% of this provider’s 935 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 935 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 29,343 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 1,443 1,255 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,102 854 S3 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 1,076 893 3 6
LISINOPRIL 982 798 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 976 828 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 970 839 6 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 806 715 7 11
SIMVASTATIN 802 679 8 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 761 649 9 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 758 667 10 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 717 626 11 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 661 574 12 10
MIRTAZAPINE 592 562 13 56
METFORMIN HCL 531 419 14 8
GABAPENTIN 489 392 15 13
SERTRALINE HCL 483 391 16 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 468 456 17 35
TRAMADOL HCL 464 379 18 25
TRAZODONE HCL 451 381 19 40
RISPERIDONE 402 330 20 82
NAMENDA 357 357 21 53
LOVASTATIN 338 274 22 26
LANTUS 326 260 23 52
CLONIDINE HCL 324 245 24 39
ATENOLOL 292 264 25 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 285 252 26 23
AZITHROMYCIN 282 204 27 44
FAMOTIDINE 268 240 28 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 263 262 29 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 262 235 30 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 255 219 31 75
EXELON 233 223 32 119
CLOPIDOGREL 230 208 33 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 213 205 34 32
MELOXICAM 210 184 35 22
FENTANYL 207 202 S2 36 100
CYMBALTA 180 157 37 50
DIGOXIN 179 176 38 59
GLYBURIDE 178 149 R 39 51
PLAVIX 177 160 40 42
ALLOPURINOL 172 137 41 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 170 41 15
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 170 143 43 182
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 170 137 43 128
PREDNISONE 169 144 45 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 167 118 46 66
LAMOTRIGINE 167 135 46 187
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 166 144 48 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 164 152 49 98
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 163 143 50 17
DILTIAZEM ER 156 148 51 105
COLCRYS 155 114 52 229
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 154 131 53 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 154 120 53 14
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 151 151 55 118
CARVEDILOL 151 122 55 20
VERAPAMIL ER 150 132 57 89
NOVOLIN R 150 146 57 174
KLOR-CON M10 142 129 59 171
SPIRONOLACTONE 141 113 60 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 109 61 31
KLOR-CON 10 135 109 61 69
DIOVAN 134 122 63 45
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 132 112 64 113
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 131 101 65 97
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 131 107 65 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 130 112 67 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 129 123 68 94
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 127 113 69 160
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 125 102 70 103
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125 73 R 70 61
KLOR-CON M20 124 111 72 85
GLIPIZIDE 124 114 72 84
NEXIUM 124 89 72 24
LEVETIRACETAM 122 104 75 125
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 120 110 76 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 94 77 19
VENTOLIN HFA 113 90 78 92
PREMARIN 108 101 R 79 96
NYSTATIN 105 97 80 147
PAROXETINE HCL 104 85 81 58
ROPINIROLE HCL 101 101 82 91
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 101 82 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 90 84 79
RANITIDINE HCL 99 86 84 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 48 R 86 83
CEPHALEXIN 94 84 87 111
OLANZAPINE 93 81 88 181
NIFEDIPINE ER 93 90 88 102
MECLIZINE HCL 92 56 90 115
LYRICA 90 68 91 76
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 90 55 91 135
SEROQUEL 88 71 93 134
QUINAPRIL HCL 84 72 94 127
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 84 84 94 99
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 68 96 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 62 97 36
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 79 56 98 221
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 79 53 98 120
HYDROXYZINE HCL 78 68 R 100 168
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 77 76 101 154
AMOXICILLIN 76 62 102 140
LACTULOSE 76 64 102 132
IBUPROFEN 75 55 104 110
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 55 105 109
LABETALOL HCL 72 51 106 164
LIDODERM 71 61 107 229
HALOPERIDOL 68 66 108 242
CARISOPRODOL 68 41 R 108 72
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 67 51 S2 110 87
CRESTOR 66 59 111 28
HUMALOG 66 36 111 150
CELEBREX 65 52 113 104
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 56 114 93
AMIODARONE HCL 62 62 115 188
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 60 50 116 271
BACLOFEN 59 13 117 131
BUMETANIDE 59 43 117 152
HYDROCORTISONE 58 49 119 344
TERAZOSIN HCL 58 56 119 130
PROAIR HFA 58 34 119 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 42 R 122 67
SANTYL 57 57 122 250
COUMADIN 56 49 124 196
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 55 50 125 141
CLOZAPINE 53 53 126 321
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 52 126 172
SINGULAIR 53 30 126 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 30 126 77
CEFTRIAXONE 52 49 130 197
ESTRADIOL 51 46 R 131 95
CALCITRIOL 51 41 131 272
DOXEPIN HCL 51 51 131 191
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 39 131 114
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 46 135 261
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 50 135 226
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 8, 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.