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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,023Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 102 out of 1128

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 1128

615 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Tennessee
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 615 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 615 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Tennessee
WARFARIN SODIUM 648 631 65 1 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 596 560 132 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 583 541 97 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 580 553 106 4 3
LISINOPRIL 447 414 79 5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 443 413 72 6 14
GABAPENTIN 414 368 73 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 382 358 91 8 7
OMEPRAZOLE 377 341 86 9 5
SIMVASTATIN 340 319 72 10 2
TRAMADOL HCL 323 273 70 11 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 323 306 65 11 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 318 313* 43 13 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 299 294* 58 14 10
MIRTAZAPINE 282 269 51 15 55
SERTRALINE HCL 268 263* 30 16 22
NAMENDA 251 251 16 17 44
CLOPIDOGREL 228 223* 39 18 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 215* 50 S3 19 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 215 193 27 20 88
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 213 208* 46 21 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 205 159 47 22 50
CYMBALTA 194 174 20 23 47
ATENOLOL 192 180 33 24 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 184 156 48 25 20
LORAZEPAM 182 160 31 B 26 27
LANTUS 180 175* 24 27 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 172* 40 28 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 174 152 71 29 33
HYDRALAZINE HCL 173 155 43 30 62
RANITIDINE HCL 163 158* 25 31 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 162 149 40 32 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 156* 28 33 30
METFORMIN HCL 159 144 37 34 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 159 131 20 A 34 60
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 152 121 29 36 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150 145* 34 37 15
ALLOPURINOL 145 140* 27 38 31
JANUVIA 145 140* 14 38 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 123 42 40 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 126* 30 41 81
CARVEDILOL 130 125* 28 42 21
PROAIR HFA 120 96 46 43 40
ZETIA 119 107 20 44 77
LEVOFLOXACIN 116 103 79 45 68
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 91* 17 46 46
NEXIUM 96 67 21 46 28
AMOXICILLIN 95 76 67 48 136
NOVOLOG 93 88* 16 49 151
GLIMEPIRIDE 88 88 21 50 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 81* 17 51 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 80* 22 52 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 63 26 53 38
AMIODARONE HCL 82 <11 <11 54 169
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 81 76* 27 55 143
CRESTOR 80 75* 21 56 34
MUPIROCIN* 76 58 39 57 221
FENOFIBRATE* 76 76 14 57 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 70* 13 59 67
CLONIDINE HCL 73 61 24 60 42
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 45 11 60 93
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 72 72 12 62 219
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 72 14 62 134
FINASTERIDE 72 72 12 62 109
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 67* 11 62 107
SPIRIVA 71 54 22 66 56
EXELON 71 <11 <11 66 121
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 <11 <11 68 53
PAROXETINE HCL 65 <11 <11 69 61
CEPHALEXIN 64 59* 46 70 116
HUMALOG 63 58* 11 71 135
BUMETANIDE 63 58* 11 71 148
LEVETIRACETAM 62 <11 <11 73 111
PREDNISONE 62 57* 37 73 48
LYRICA 62 57* 11 73 80
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 60 16 76 58
LEVEMIR 59 <11 <11 77 137
AZITHROMYCIN 58 53* 45 78 54
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 <11 <11 79 144
NYSTATIN 55 38 27 79 154
ALPRAZOLAM 53 39 17 B 81 12
COLCRYS 51 46* 11 82 198
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 <11 <11 82 83
MELOXICAM 51 46* 18 82 23
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Sept. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.