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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,454Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1121

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 1121

677 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 677 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,102 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,253 871 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 1,276 611 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,259 676 3 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 974 476 4 14
FUROSEMIDE 753 407 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 736 247 6 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 684 185 7 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 650 380 8 34
RANITIDINE HCL 580 226 9 33
PROAIR HFA 573 163 10 48
GABAPENTIN 570 208 11 13
CARISOPRODOL 454 47 R 12 72
NEXIUM 410 190 13 24
CLOPIDOGREL 407 255 14 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 387 179 15 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 385 238 16 9
PROMETHAZINE HCL 368 64 R 17 67
LOVASTATIN 350 207 18 26
CLONIDINE HCL 324 138 19 39
PLAVIX 308 200 20 42
DIOVAN 285 137 21 45
FEXOFENADINE HCL 282 98 10 22 281
DIOVAN HCT 259 122 23 90
LEVOFLOXACIN 251 106 24 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 249 162 25 5
FENOFIBRATE 244 61 26 71
CEPHALEXIN 236 84 27 111
METFORMIN HCL 232 91 28 8
ATENOLOL 230 92 29 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 202 80 30 15
KLOR-CON M20 200 91 31 85
TRAMADOL HCL 197 147 32 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 191 112 33 18
CRESTOR 182 64 34 28
SIMVASTATIN 175 124 35 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 65 36 31
VENTOLIN HFA 154 31 37 92
CARVEDILOL 153 78 38 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 128 38 11
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 149 85 40 305
LYRICA 142 48 41 76
CYMBALTA 140 36 42 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 133 56 R 43 83
SPIRIVA 128 58 44 49
SERTRALINE HCL 124 39 45 21
ALLOPURINOL 122 93 46 30
PEN NEEDLE 122 22 46 137
FLUCONAZOLE 122 36 46 156
COMBIVENT 120 35 49 129
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 120 28 49 228
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 13 49 29
TRICOR 117 41 52 126
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 36 53 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110 53 54 17
TORSEMIDE 110 46 54 155
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 60 R 54 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 107 39 57 128
GLYBURIDE 105 46 R 58 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 50 59 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 78 60 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 103 34 60 103
PREMARIN 102 33 R 62 96
BENAZEPRIL HCL 100 65 63 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 17 64 64
INSULIN SYRINGE 97 33 65 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 95 52 66 60
MECLIZINE HCL 93 65 67 115
MELOXICAM 92 35 68 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 0 68 109
JANUVIA 91 45 70 81
GEMFIBROZIL 89 25 71 88
FAMOTIDINE 87 56 72 63
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 70 73 35
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 84 36 74 263
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 83 29 75 259
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 81 15 76 135
SINGULAIR 79 41 77 78
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 34 78 38
LANTUS 74 26 79 52
VERAPAMIL ER 74 27 79 89
RAMIPRIL 74 34 79 74
PREDNISONE 73 25 82 43
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 17 83 113
ZETIA 72 41 83 80
PAROXETINE HCL 71 0 85 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 45 86 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 70 53 86 172
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 69 38 88 221
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 39 89 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 49 89 91
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 68 20 89 222
MIRTAZAPINE 66 28 92 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 36 93 23
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 62 30 94 232
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 17 95 120
SYNTHROID 61 26 95 55
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 60 21 97 320
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 27 97 101
METHOCARBAMOL 60 14 R 97 159
LOVAZA 60 20 97 210
LEVETIRACETAM 60 0 97 125
TRILIPIX 59 33 102 207
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 40 103 198
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 21 104 144
ACTOS 56 37 104 133
DILTIAZEM ER 55 42 106 105
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HYDROCORT 53 20 107 468
NAMENDA 52 52 108 53
IBUPROFEN 52 0 108 110
ACTONEL 52 41 108 220
JANTOVEN 51 20 111 146
NASONEX 50 16 112 260
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 8, 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.