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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,834Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 290 out of 1121

$503K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 403 out of 1121

195 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

19% of this provider’s 195 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 195 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,114 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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
FUROSEMIDE 559 543 1 7
PREDNISONE 343 323 2 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 320 300 3 2
MIRTAZAPINE 311 310 4 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 290 273 5 11
OMEPRAZOLE 273 251 6 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 272 258 7 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 226 216 8 35
LISINOPRIL 206 197 9 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 183 182 10 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 171 171 11 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 156 12 18
TRAZODONE HCL 152 152 13 40
SERTRALINE HCL 138 135 14 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 132 121 15 5
PAROXETINE HCL 129 119 16 58
NAMENDA 126 126 17 53
CEFTRIAXONE 111 103 18 197
NYSTATIN 109 103 19 147
SIMVASTATIN 109 108 19 1
TAMSULOSIN HCL 107 107 21 32
LACTULOSE 107 106 21 132
RISPERIDONE 104 104 23 82
GABAPENTIN 104 103 23 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 102 102 25 94
CARVEDILOL 102 102 25 20
LEVETIRACETAM 97 71 27 125
KLOR-CON M20 96 85 28 85
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 92 S3 29 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 90 30 29
FAMOTIDINE 87 87 31 63
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 86 80 32 108
LIDOCAINE HCL 85 78 33 237
LEVOFLOXACIN 80 80 34 79
CYMBALTA 80 63 34 50
PROMETHAZINE HCL 78 65 R 36 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 64 37 23
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 74 72 38 189
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 71 67 39 257
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 69 39 57
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 69 67 41 141
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 69 67 41 101
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 68 43 12
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 67 67 44 215
DILTIAZEM ER 67 64 44 105
SINGULAIR 63 48 46 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 56 47 36
MELOXICAM 61 61 48 22
SEROQUEL 60 60 49 134
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 50 30
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 57 51 162
PLAVIX 57 57 51 42
CLONIDINE HCL 55 55 53 39
CELEBREX 55 55 53 104
CLOPIDOGREL 54 54 55 27
METFORMIN HCL 54 52 55 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 57 62
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 38 58 98
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 48 59 34
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 July 16, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.