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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,186Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 1121

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 1121

708 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

6% of this provider’s 708 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 708 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,571 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 838 791 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 695 680 2 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 668 602 3 12
FUROSEMIDE 596 564 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 496 468 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 463 442 S3 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 364 287 7 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 350 350 8 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 321 303 9 9
SERTRALINE HCL 317 316 10 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 314 311 11 75
PREDNISONE 280 256 12 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 277 255 13 18
DIOVAN 263 263 14 45
OMEPRAZOLE 262 233 15 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 262 251 15 98
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 248 217 17 14
LISINOPRIL 244 201 18 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 236 18 15
NAMENDA 235 231 20 53
METFORMIN HCL 235 184 20 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 208 22 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 183 23 10
CARVEDILOL 190 179 24 20
GABAPENTIN 189 161 25 13
MIRTAZAPINE 180 163 26 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 176 159 27 94
CLOPIDOGREL 166 142 28 27
SEROQUEL 162 157 29 134
CEFUROXIME 158 145 30 163
RISPERIDONE 158 138 30 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 152 32 23
MELOXICAM 150 145 33 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 149 142 34 19
LANTUS 139 130 35 52
LACTULOSE 139 97 35 132
ATENOLOL 135 135 37 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 132 120 38 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 132 132 38 37
PLAVIX 129 115 40 42
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 128 107 41 141
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 122 110 42 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 84 43 64
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 119 119 44 198
ZETIA 111 109 45 80
AZITHROMYCIN 108 95 46 44
ALLOPURINOL 106 100 47 30
LOVASTATIN 103 99 48 26
NEXIUM 101 95 49 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 94 50 57
DIOVAN HCT 98 98 50 90
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 89 52 32
EXELON 96 90 53 119
CRESTOR 95 82 54 28
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 94 55 179
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 93 93 56 73
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 93 93 56 204
TRAMADOL HCL 85 82 58 25
QUINAPRIL HCL 84 78 59 127
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 69 59 36
ACTONEL 81 80 61 220
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 60 R 62 67
DIGOXIN 73 68 63 59
KLOR-CON M20 72 61 64 85
RISPERDAL CONSTA 69 69 65 436
LYRICA 68 68 66 76
JANUVIA 68 65 66 81
NYSTATIN 68 64 66 147
CYMBALTA 68 58 66 50
OXYCODONE HCL 67 61 S2 70 68
SYNTHROID 67 67 70 55
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 67 56 70 269
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 62 73 93
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 50 73 34
LEXAPRO 62 60 75 218
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 61 58 76 101
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 56 77 46
PROAIR HFA 59 57 78 48
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 59 S2 78 87
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 52 80 103
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 56 81 123
TORSEMIDE 56 43 82 155
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 55 S2 83 122
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 53 84 91
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 40 84 66
LAMOTRIGINE 54 51 84 187
RAMIPRIL 54 41 84 74
SPIRIVA 53 42 88 49
NOVOLIN R 53 39 88 174
RANITIDINE HCL 52 40 90 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 51 91 99
PREMARIN 51 43 R 91 96
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 50 50 93 192
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 Dec. 3, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.