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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,910Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 1121

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 1121

633 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

6% of this provider’s 633 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 633 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 26,038 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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 1,283 979 S3 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,226 1,076 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 942 873 3 7
LISINOPRIL 906 787 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 859 817 5 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 839 731 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 747 670 7 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 643 589 8 2
ATENOLOL 578 462 9 16
RANITIDINE HCL 558 482 10 33
METFORMIN HCL 514 421 11 8
GABAPENTIN 473 355 12 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 423 376 13 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 403 403 14 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 362 324 15 5
CLOPIDOGREL 343 306 16 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 333 310 17 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 330 296 18 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 321 278 19 23
CARVEDILOL 307 280 20 20
SPIRIVA 303 277 21 49
ALLOPURINOL 269 224 22 30
SERTRALINE HCL 264 251 23 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 262 227 24 98
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 255 239 25 37
MIRTAZAPINE 251 250 26 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 245 226 27 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 202 27 15
TRAMADOL HCL 227 201 29 25
PLAVIX 225 208 30 42
LOVASTATIN 223 189 31 26
NEXIUM 217 173 32 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 213 174 33 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 165 34 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 209 205 35 94
SPIRONOLACTONE 207 196 36 54
NAMENDA 205 205 37 53
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 204 197 38 75
DIOVAN 197 196 39 45
RAMIPRIL 196 136 40 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 187 165 41 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 186 154 42 29
DIGOXIN 179 163 43 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 168 152 44 73
CLONIDINE HCL 166 135 45 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 162 122 46 60
PROAIR HFA 161 119 47 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 156 136 48 34
INSULIN SYRINGE 151 117 49 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 130 50 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 136 51 31
MELOXICAM 145 126 51 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 142 129 53 57
FAMOTIDINE 137 135 54 63
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 137 114 54 135
GLYBURIDE 135 124 R 56 51
EXELON 132 132 57 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 131 85 58 226
NOVOLIN N 130 124 59 295
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 128 121 60 192
CYMBALTA 128 111 60 50
PREDNISONE 124 100 62 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 112 62 70
GLIPIZIDE 124 111 62 84
AZITHROMYCIN 122 111 65 44
CRESTOR 118 99 66 28
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 116 100 67 103
LEVEMIR 114 99 68 157
PAROXETINE HCL 110 102 69 58
SUCRALFATE 110 101 69 193
KLOR-CON M20 110 101 69 85
FENOFIBRATE 109 78 72 71
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 85 73 62
CELEBREX 100 72 74 104
METHOCARBAMOL 99 60 R 75 159
LANTUS 96 83 76 52
AGGRENOX 95 66 77 177
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 92 78 64
BUMETANIDE 92 75 79 152
HYDRALAZINE HCL 90 68 80 66
RIVASTIGMINE 90 69 80 273
NAPROXEN SODIUM 88 77 82 373
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 88 86 82 175
CILOSTAZOL 87 80 84 214
TRAZODONE HCL 86 82 85 40
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 85 73 86 101
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 77 87 79
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 84 78 87 215
OXYCODONE HCL 79 76 S2 89 68
PRADAXA 77 67 90 223
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 77 73 90 141
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 69 90 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 77 52 90 128
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 69 S2 94 122
AMIODARONE HCL 76 70 94 188
BYSTOLIC 73 73 96 121
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 61 97 108
CEPHALEXIN 69 60 98 111
SEROQUEL 69 67 98 134
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 68 100 91
SINGULAIR 68 47 100 78
DILTIAZEM ER 66 66 102 105
ACTOS 66 52 102 133
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 65 102 169
FENTANYL 65 65 S2 105 100
ZETIA 64 45 106 80
CARBAMAZEPINE 63 46 107 203
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 61 108 118
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 43 R 108 83
NIASPAN 60 54 110 166
KLOR-CON M10 60 60 110 171
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 35 112 153
PRIMIDONE 58 45 113 217
OLANZAPINE 58 53 113 181
QVAR 58 55 113 312
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 51 116 120
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 57 116 102
METOLAZONE 56 46 118 238
CALCITONIN-SALMON 56 56 118 280
NOVOLOG 55 55 120 139
LEXAPRO 54 54 121 218
MUPIROCIN 54 48 121 225
RANEXA 54 54 121 299
ENABLEX 53 42 124 278
RISPERIDONE 52 52 125 82
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 27 R 125 67
LYRICA 52 49 125 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 52 125 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 52 125 38
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 44 130 99
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 35 131 144
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 Aug. 22, 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.