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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,843Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 1121

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 1121

631 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

7% of this provider’s 631 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 631 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 16,306 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

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 1,259 752 S3 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,064 853 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 843 646 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 829 593 4 2
LISINOPRIL 745 430 5 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 653 485 6 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 631 465 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 603 460 8 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 543 325 9 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 465 338 10 10
GABAPENTIN 453 250 11 13
SERTRALINE HCL 442 352 12 21
SIMVASTATIN 423 285 13 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 360 215 14 17
ATENOLOL 344 279 15 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 314 280 16 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 283 206 17 12
PROAIR HFA 275 89 18 48
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 271 134 R 19 83
TRAMADOL HCL 258 191 20 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 256 212 21 47
RANITIDINE HCL 253 110 22 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 200 23 15
NEXIUM 239 98 24 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 239 129 24 18
PROMETHAZINE HCL 220 82 R 26 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 208 127 27 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 202 155 28 36
SPIRIVA 202 103 28 49
LOVASTATIN 201 145 30 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 197 190 31 35
CLOPIDOGREL 194 152 32 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 178 33 32
AZITHROMYCIN 191 109 34 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 146 35 31
METFORMIN HCL 181 119 36 8
NAMENDA 177 167 37 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 162 123 38 70
MIRTAZAPINE 157 133 39 56
MELOXICAM 153 75 40 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 145 118 41 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 128 41 75
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 140 88 43 103
GLYBURIDE 139 93 R 44 51
PLAVIX 137 109 45 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 110 46 46
PAROXETINE HCL 133 84 47 58
TRAZODONE HCL 132 72 48 40
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 131 64 49 158
FAMOTIDINE 128 85 50 63
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 113 S2 51 122
FLUOXETINE HCL 121 65 52 60
CARVEDILOL 114 82 53 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 101 54 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 91 55 54
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 107 88 56 257
LEVOFLOXACIN 104 72 57 79
KLOR-CON 10 104 88 57 69
METHOCARBAMOL 103 46 R 59 159
SYMBICORT 103 48 59 148
SINGULAIR 96 70 61 78
LANTUS 87 66 62 52
PREDNISONE 81 59 63 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 39 64 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 60 64 108
LYRICA 76 29 66 76
BACLOFEN 75 0 67 131
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 72 68 34
CYMBALTA 74 46 68 50
FINASTERIDE 74 67 68 117
CLONIDINE HCL 71 50 71 39
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 69 16 72 228
PRADAXA 66 66 73 223
LACTULOSE 64 50 74 132
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 57 R 75 185
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 44 76 23
ZETIA 61 30 76 80
LIPITOR 61 53 76 106
MECLIZINE HCL 60 55 79 115
IBUPROFEN 60 0 79 110
METRONIDAZOLE 59 38 81 322
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 49 82 66
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 36 83 77
DIGOXIN 56 45 83 59
SYNTHROID 56 38 83 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 41 86 29
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 53 29 87 324
DEXILANT 52 21 88 136
ALLOPURINOL 51 40 89 30
NITROSTAT 50 30 90 219
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 March 28, 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.