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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 72 out of 1121

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 1121

552 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

4% of this provider’s 552 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 552 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 17,002 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 615 565 1 2
LISINOPRIL 558 522 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 541 541 3 11
SIMVASTATIN 533 479 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 522 472 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 449 401 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 410 386 7 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 400 374 8 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 370 367 9 9
MIRTAZAPINE 367 334 10 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 366 346 11 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 349 341 12 35
GABAPENTIN 322 283 13 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 277 S3 14 3
TRAMADOL HCL 279 252 15 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 257 235 16 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 250 238 17 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 248 203 18 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 244 210 19 18
LANTUS 236 235 20 52
SERTRALINE HCL 236 218 20 21
METFORMIN HCL 230 218 22 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 228 212 23 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 223 196 24 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 222 211 25 29
NAMENDA 221 200 26 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 213 188 27 70
RANITIDINE HCL 208 187 28 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 192 29 32
ATENOLOL 177 165 30 16
CLOPIDOGREL 174 166 31 27
NOVOLOG 173 173 32 139
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 145 33 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 163 151 34 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 152 142 35 98
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 131 119 36 36
CARVEDILOL 121 111 37 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 121 114 37 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 110 39 34
ZETIA 117 106 40 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 100 41 31
FENOFIBRATE 115 115 42 71
CLONIDINE HCL 110 83 43 39
EXELON 110 109 43 119
PLAVIX 105 101 45 42
DIGOXIN 101 101 46 59
CYMBALTA 99 91 47 50
PROAIR HFA 99 80 47 48
NEXIUM 97 66 49 24
ALLOPURINOL 95 95 50 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 88 51 62
FAMOTIDINE 93 93 51 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 92 71 53 113
PAROXETINE HCL 90 89 54 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 90 54 114
CRESTOR 89 83 56 28
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 85 56 41
AMOXICILLIN 85 67 58 140
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 83 59 99
RISPERIDONE 83 82 59 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 78 61 64
FINASTERIDE 81 81 62 117
PREDNISONE 77 72 63 43
LYRICA 75 56 64 76
AZITHROMYCIN 72 58 65 44
JANUVIA 71 67 66 81
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 44 66 60
SPIRIVA 71 66 66 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 70 69 46
SEROQUEL 70 62 69 134
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 70 70 69 192
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 40 R 72 67
SINGULAIR 68 54 73 78
LEVETIRACETAM 67 28 74 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 66 75 54
LACTULOSE 66 23 75 132
BUMETANIDE 63 53 77 152
LABETALOL HCL 63 42 77 164
RESTASIS 63 63 77 327
ONDANSETRON HCL 63 61 77 234
AMIODARONE HCL 59 59 81 188
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 59 81 141
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 58 30 S2 83 87
HALOPERIDOL 53 53 84 242
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 46 85 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 44 86 57
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 Sept. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.