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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,139Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 1121

$840K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 1121

769 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

5% of this provider’s 769 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 769 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 12,799 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LISINOPRIL 908 629 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 812 448 S3 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 702 455 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 688 447 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 652 492 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 553 353 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 455 357 7 1
TRAMADOL HCL 435 252 8 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 387 284 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 360 277 10 9
MELOXICAM 351 225 11 22
ATENOLOL 338 249 12 16
CARISOPRODOL 327 64 R 13 72
GLYBURIDE 308 212 R 14 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 283 215 15 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 201 16 10
ALLOPURINOL 256 202 17 30
GEMFIBROZIL 242 182 18 88
GABAPENTIN 232 137 19 13
NEXIUM 230 156 20 24
CARVEDILOL 214 193 21 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204 123 22 19
RANITIDINE HCL 199 93 23 33
PROAIR HFA 189 123 24 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 184 130 25 12
CEPHALEXIN 179 108 26 111
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 175 119 27 172
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 172 129 28 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 151 126 29 14
LOVASTATIN 148 104 30 26
DIOVAN 147 116 31 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 140 80 32 29
CLOPIDOGREL 136 125 33 27
ZETIA 128 82 34 80
TAMSULOSIN HCL 127 119 35 32
PLAVIX 125 116 36 42
SERTRALINE HCL 125 41 36 21
PAROXETINE HCL 121 67 38 58
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 76 39 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 118 98 40 15
IBUPROFEN 113 35 41 110
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 65 42 18
DILTIAZEM ER 112 93 42 105
PROMETHAZINE HCL 110 62 R 44 67
CRESTOR 105 79 45 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 68 R 46 61
MECLIZINE HCL 102 88 46 115
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 96 81 48 99
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 47 49 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 91 53 50 123
RAMIPRIL 91 72 50 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 91 50 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 47 S2 50 122
LANTUS 88 40 54 52
SINGULAIR 88 61 54 78
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 58 56 144
DIGOXIN 84 83 57 59
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 82 64 58 135
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 49 59 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 78 59 54
AGGRENOX 80 69 61 177
CYMBALTA 80 33 61 50
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 80 42 S3 61 161
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 48 64 31
FAMOTIDINE 78 73 65 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 68 66 17
PREMARIN 77 14 R 66 96
VERAPAMIL ER 76 44 68 89
AZITHROMYCIN 76 44 68 44
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 52 68 120
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 74 40 71 101
LYRICA 71 27 72 76
CLONIDINE HCL 71 37 72 39
ACTOS 63 30 74 133
VENTOLIN HFA 61 20 75 92
RISPERIDONE 60 38 76 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 29 77 91
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 42 78 34
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 58 29 78 320
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 27 80 77
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 56 80 64
DIOVAN HCT 56 27 80 90
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 19 83 113
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54 49 83 154
SOTALOL 53 53 85 199
SPIRIVA 51 48 86 49
RANEXA 50 50 87 299
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 June 12, 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.