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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,275Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 230 out of 1121

$735K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 188 out of 1121

465 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

9% of this provider’s 465 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 465 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 8,660 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 773 520 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 428 320 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 401 273 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 327 238 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 322 254 5 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 297 237 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 276 233 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 262 197 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 252 143 9 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 210 188 10 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 210 171 10 9
GABAPENTIN 191 91 12 13
RANITIDINE HCL 183 81 13 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 127 14 19
CARVEDILOL 159 122 15 20
NEXIUM 158 126 16 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 117 17 15
DIGOXIN 137 127 18 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 105 19 10
CRESTOR 131 59 20 28
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 126 82 S2 21 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 81 22 32
ATENOLOL 124 103 23 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 82 24 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 58 25 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 72 26 18
LOVASTATIN 104 72 26 26
CLOPIDOGREL 102 84 28 27
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 100 68 29 97
PROAIR HFA 95 54 30 48
LANTUS 92 68 31 52
ACTOS 91 65 32 133
SERTRALINE HCL 88 73 33 21
MELOXICAM 86 68 34 22
CLONIDINE HCL 86 22 34 39
VENTOLIN HFA 84 69 36 92
CYMBALTA 81 45 37 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 44 37 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 47 39 128
TRAZODONE HCL 79 32 39 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 52 39 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 58 42 17
PLAVIX 78 65 42 42
GLYBURIDE 77 60 R 44 51
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 71 63 S3 45 161
SPIRIVA 69 68 46 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 26 47 54
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 61 48 91
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 47 S2 49 86
AZITHROMYCIN 63 53 50 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 35 R 51 67
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 52 51 75
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 38 53 73
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 42 54 29
BUMETANIDE 56 43 55 152
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 15 56 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 55 56 118
DIOVAN 54 38 58 45
NOVOLIN R 54 31 58 174
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 41 60 62
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 35 61 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 30 61 77
CARISOPRODOL 51 0 R 61 72
ALLOPURINOL 50 38 64 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 44 64 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 35 64 70
FAMOTIDINE 50 29 64 63
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. 15, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.