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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,756Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 174 out of 1128

$611K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 324 out of 1128

741 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 741 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 778 712 133 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 561 462 105 2 2
ATENOLOL 551 488 95 3 19
OMEPRAZOLE 533 404 102 4 5
LISINOPRIL 528 412 101 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 420 396 66 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 372 277 65 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 368 329 91 8 7
ALPRAZOLAM 350 264 62 B 9 12
LORAZEPAM 331 283 58 B 10 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 321 293 78 S3 11 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 292 279 50 12 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 259 254* 48 13 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 238 175 42 14 8
LOVASTATIN 191 165 33 15 36
PAROXETINE HCL 184 165 32 16 61
KLOR-CON 10 157 152* 30 17 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 157 21 17 20
GLYBURIDE 157 125 35 R 17 84
WARFARIN SODIUM 156 109 30 20 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 148 134 19 R 21 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 134 39 22 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 140* 16 23 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 139* 29 24 16
SYNTHROID 135 130* 22 25 57
TEMAZEPAM 128 111 25 B 26 100
SERTRALINE HCL 123 92 19 27 22
ALLOPURINOL 122 122 27 28 31
TRAZODONE HCL 116 105 16 29 39
CLONIDINE HCL 115 87 22 30 42
CLOPIDOGREL 115 110* 21 30 18
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 111 88 15 32 119
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 110 105* 19 33 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 94 23 33 25
GABAPENTIN 104 77 19 35 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 103 20 36 45
CLONAZEPAM 102 90 15 B 37 51
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 97* 16 37 46
NAPROXEN 100 87 21 39 124
LANTUS 98 68 21 40 64
CARVEDILOL 98 75 24 40 21
AMOXICILLIN 97 92* 61 42 136
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 70 22 43 24
PROAIR HFA 92 43 26 44 40
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 72 52 45 140
VERAPAMIL ER 83 <11 <11 46 99
NEXIUM 82 67 17 47 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 77 72* 13 48 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 72* 17 48 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 49 15 50 38
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 75 54 40 50 101
PREDNISONE 71 50 29 52 48
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 70 65* 41 53 233
GEMFIBROZIL 68 52 14 54 95
CRESTOR 68 68 14 54 34
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 <11 <11 54 114
DIOVAN 64 <11 <11 57 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 58* 15 58 30
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 <11 <11 59 104
MECLIZINE HCL 62 57* 19 59 118
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 56* 15 61 33
DIAZEPAM 61 <11 <11 B 61 72
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 43 14 63 98
KLOR-CON M20 58 <11 <11 63 89
ZETIA 57 <11 <11 65 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 <11 <11 66 41
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 <11 <11 67 87
TRAMADOL HCL 51 46* 12 67 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 45* 43 69 63
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.