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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,432Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 1121

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 1121

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

9% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 17,705 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

39 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 1,858 631 S3 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 959 594 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 909 704 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 877 587 4 1
LISINOPRIL 685 445 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 498 392 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 485 405 7 12
METFORMIN HCL 468 283 8 8
RANITIDINE HCL 451 288 9 33
OMEPRAZOLE 416 320 10 6
GABAPENTIN 378 201 11 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 371 315 12 11
CARVEDILOL 323 239 13 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 321 266 14 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 307 247 15 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 299 296 16 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 299 229 16 62
LOVASTATIN 278 131 18 26
CLOPIDOGREL 264 148 19 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 249 176 20 75
ATENOLOL 246 159 21 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 173 22 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 241 151 23 19
GLYBURIDE 236 159 R 24 51
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 231 67 S2 25 87
NAMENDA 228 228 26 53
CARISOPRODOL 220 45 R 27 72
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 115 28 31
LANTUS 215 150 29 52
MIRTAZAPINE 200 162 30 56
HYDRALAZINE HCL 192 123 31 66
RISPERIDONE 191 149 32 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 191 131 32 54
PLAVIX 190 112 34 42
CYMBALTA 190 105 34 50
TRAZODONE HCL 189 114 36 40
MELOXICAM 185 100 37 22
PROMETHAZINE HCL 182 88 R 38 67
DIGOXIN 176 137 39 59
SERTRALINE HCL 175 100 40 21
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 172 48 R 41 83
BUSPIRONE HCL 166 126 42 114
INDOMETHACIN 161 96 R 43 287
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 160 57 R 44 61
BENAZEPRIL HCL 157 116 45 41
TRAMADOL HCL 155 110 46 25
FAMOTIDINE 153 110 47 63
CLONIDINE HCL 153 92 47 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142 61 49 36
DEXILANT 139 85 50 136
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 86 51 29
PROAIR HFA 131 64 52 48
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 131 61 52 103
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 117 54 23
AZITHROMYCIN 128 46 55 44
NEXIUM 127 58 56 24
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 127 89 56 192
PAROXETINE HCL 126 87 58 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 110 59 32
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 117 80 60 38
LEVETIRACETAM 116 84 61 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 52 62 64
LABETALOL HCL 111 91 63 164
NOVOLIN R 109 74 64 174
ALLOPURINOL 107 74 65 30
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 106 56 R 66 224
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 106 23 66 135
DIOVAN 105 94 68 45
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 105 81 68 120
NIFEDIPINE ER 104 91 70 102
COMBIVENT 101 0 71 129
SINGULAIR 100 51 72 78
KLOR-CON 10 99 98 73 69
SPIRIVA 97 52 74 49
KLOR-CON M20 94 87 75 85
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 94 55 75 128
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 52 77 153
DICYCLOMINE HCL 93 35 77 206
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 65 79 57
AMIODARONE HCL 92 77 79 188
SEROQUEL 89 57 81 134
MEGESTROL ACETATE 86 82 R 82 185
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 86 68 82 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 85 39 84 98
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 57 84 94
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 82 50 86 232
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 39 87 77
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 79 47 88 175
RAMIPRIL 78 64 89 74
DILTIAZEM ER 78 51 89 105
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 53 89 70
HUMULIN 70-30 77 69 92 244
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 77 63 92 189
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 94 118
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 54 95 108
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 74 65 R 95 173
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 32 95 34
PREDNISONE 73 42 98 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 61 99 141
LEXAPRO 72 62 99 218
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 58 101 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 57 102 91
ENDOCET 69 20 S2 102 107
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 50 104 182
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 42 R 104 168
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 56 104 79
IBUPROFEN 66 44 107 110
VENTOLIN HFA 64 40 108 92
PREMARIN 64 32 R 108 96
OLANZAPINE 63 22 110 181
NOVOLOG 62 59 111 139
SEROQUEL XR 62 13 111 236
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 46 111 65
DIOVAN HCT 61 41 114 90
CAPTOPRIL 60 36 115 293
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 39 116 99
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 57 44 117 112
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 55 117 60
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 35 117 144
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 30 120 226
LEVEMIR 55 40 121 157
AMOXICILLIN 55 30 121 140
CRESTOR 55 37 121 28
MUPIROCIN 55 45 121 225
LYRICA 54 17 125 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 41 125 17
BACLOFEN 53 16 127 131
HUMULIN R 52 48 128 227
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 52 41 R 128 376
PRIMIDONE 52 52 128 217
SYMBICORT 51 27 131 148
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 50 44 132 160
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 Nov. 21, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.