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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,923Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 203 out of 1121

$694K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 219 out of 1121

631 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

8% 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

19% 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

1% of this provider’s 10,866 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

$54 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.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 499 418 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 459 419 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 450 404 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 382 328 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 370 367 5 35
NAMENDA 339 337 6 53
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 331 203 S3 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 325 254 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 280 268 9 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 278 273 10 18
CARVEDILOL 274 240 11 20
LISINOPRIL 236 184 12 4
METFORMIN HCL 232 156 13 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 191 177 14 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 154 15 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 167 145 16 11
GABAPENTIN 158 127 17 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 141 18 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 154 125 19 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 150 126 20 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 109 21 36
RISPERIDONE 136 136 22 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 109 23 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 102 24 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 104 25 32
JANUVIA 110 85 25 81
PREDNISONE 108 81 27 43
SERTRALINE HCL 107 94 28 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 56 29 19
CRESTOR 96 67 30 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 61 31 14
MELOXICAM 93 85 32 22
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 88 33 94
CYMBALTA 87 66 34 50
CLOPIDOGREL 86 61 35 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 70 35 37
FAMOTIDINE 85 81 37 63
TRAZODONE HCL 84 79 38 40
ALLOPURINOL 78 78 39 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 67 39 29
TRAMADOL HCL 77 64 41 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 75 72 42 98
PROAIR HFA 74 57 43 48
ABILIFY 73 73 44 216
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 65 44 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 69 44 23
GLIPIZIDE 72 54 47 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 69 47 75
ALCOHOL SWAB 70 70 10 49 434
LANTUS 67 65 50 52
SPIRIVA 67 55 50 49
ATENOLOL 67 67 50 16
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 59 50 102
PAROXETINE HCL 66 66 54 58
NEXIUM 59 40 55 24
DIGOXIN 59 56 55 59
EXELON 59 59 55 119
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 58 55 70
RIVASTIGMINE 58 58 59 273
PLAVIX 57 48 60 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 32 60 46
MIDODRINE HCL 56 54 62 348
RAMIPRIL 55 54 63 74
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 43 64 142
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 36 65 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 39 65 54
LYRICA 52 38 67 76
CLONIDINE HCL 50 23 68 39
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 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.