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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,804Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 1128

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 59 out of 1128

577 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67% Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

9% of this provider’s 577 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 577 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 613 471 97 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 531 363 117 S3 2 6
LISINOPRIL 492 338 83 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 479 392 85 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 370 270 66 5 7
ATENOLOL 366 268 60 6 19
SIMVASTATIN 364 283 63 7 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 297 203 57 8 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 293 193 78 9 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 227 55 10 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 275 168 49 11 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 266 202 43 12 32
NEXIUM 250 157 38 13 28
CLOPIDOGREL 240 205 38 14 18
METFORMIN HCL 228 161 38 15 9
ALPRAZOLAM 222 103 40 B 16 12
TIZANIDINE HCL 202 83 61 17 103
LORAZEPAM 200 141 39 B 18 27
MELOXICAM 198 125 53 19 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 196 127 110 20 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 193 151 35 21 13
PREDNISONE 190 118 94 22 48
GABAPENTIN 184 123 40 23 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 183 120 30 24 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 179 118 57 25 33
PROAIR HFA 173 110 46 26 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 168 138 33 27 10
RANITIDINE HCL 163 98 29 28 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 131 30 28 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 162 103 96 30 106
PROMETHAZINE HCL 157 58 42 R 31 79
CRESTOR 153 90 22 32 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 115 28 33 16
AZITHROMYCIN 146 78 85 34 54
INDAPAMIDE 145 92 32 35 141
DEXILANT 144 55 17 36 122
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 103 25 37 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 128* 27 38 8
LOVASTATIN 131 99 23 39 36
ALLOPURINOL 128 87 22 40 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 90 26 40 38
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 80 22 42 85
METFORMIN HCL ER 118 83 22 43 49
SPIRIVA 110 65 19 44 56
CLONIDINE HCL 108 65 21 45 42
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 106 63 20 46 43
CARVEDILOL 102 77 16 47 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 70 21 47 24
LYRICA 98 37 16 49 80
MIRTAZAPINE 95 59 26 50 55
DIAZEPAM 91 52 23 B 51 72
AMOXICILLIN 90 61 73 52 136
PAROXETINE HCL 90 72 18 52 61
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 49 32 S2 54 70
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 83 78* 15 R 55 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 83 72 16 55 17
TERAZOSIN HCL 83 83 14 55 132
DIOVAN 82 61 11 58 52
ESTRADIOL 81 19 15 R 59 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 38 16 60 59
CYMBALTA 78 15 14 61 47
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 76 48 48 62 297
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 55 16 A 63 60
JANUVIA 73 68* 19 64 76
CEPHALEXIN 73 57 47 64 116
CELEBREX 72 48 12 66 102
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 50 19 67 30
CEFACLOR 70 41 46 68 331
TRAZODONE HCL 69 <11 16 69 39
VERAPAMIL ER 68 42 12 70 99
TRAMADOL HCL 67 36 14 71 29
ZETIA 66 <11 <11 72 77
VYTORIN 65 <11 <11 73 204
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 42 14 73 67
CLONAZEPAM 65 27 15 B 73 51
SERTRALINE HCL 63 35 13 76 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 <11 <11 76 45
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 <11 <11 76 134
SYNTHROID 60 <11 <11 79 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 34 20 80 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 48 41 80 63
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 <11 16 R 82 179
MUPIROCIN* 55 38 41 83 221
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 54 <11 <11 84 238
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 54 <11 <11 84 485
NAMENDA 54 43 11 84 44
MECLIZINE HCL 53 32 23 87 118
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 <11 <11 87 87
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 52 <11 <11 89 165
ONDANSETRON HCL* 51 34 19 90 171
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 50 <11 <11 91 252
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 50 <11 <11 91 343
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 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.