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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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47,760Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1121

$2.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1121

1,072 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

11% of this provider’s 1,072 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 1,072 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 33,623 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

45 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 1,673 1,237 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,631 1,270 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,501 1,214 3 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,399 1,013 S3 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,383 1,081 5 9
LISINOPRIL 1,203 857 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 1,166 762 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 1,166 855 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 960 721 9 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 931 707 10 73
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 860 634 11 5
TRAMADOL HCL 850 594 12 25
CRESTOR 827 593 13 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 775 614 14 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 668 388 15 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 648 450 16 31
GLYBURIDE 618 468 R 17 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 616 458 18 19
NEXIUM 594 353 19 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 587 427 20 10
SERTRALINE HCL 561 366 21 21
ALLOPURINOL 495 384 22 30
FAMOTIDINE 490 360 23 63
GABAPENTIN 463 288 24 13
LOVASTATIN 443 315 25 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 438 318 26 29
PREDNISONE 416 275 27 43
SPIRIVA 363 223 28 49
BUSPIRONE HCL 358 284 29 114
CEFDINIR 352 255 10 30 183
GLIMEPIRIDE 351 316 31 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 324 214 32 60
ATENOLOL 323 175 33 16
ENDOCET 322 238 S2 34 107
MELOXICAM 315 234 35 22
CARVEDILOL 295 261 36 20
CLOPIDOGREL 292 223 37 27
PROAIR HFA 287 152 38 48
RANITIDINE HCL 277 194 39 33
TRICOR 274 144 40 126
CITALOPRAM HBR 264 198 41 18
LEVOFLOXACIN 263 170 42 79
DEXILANT 260 178 43 136
TRILIPIX 252 155 44 207
LANTUS 242 142 45 52
PLAVIX 240 179 46 42
TRAZODONE HCL 230 145 47 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225 160 48 23
ACTOS 224 159 49 133
DONEPEZIL HCL 219 210 50 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 218 173 51 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 217 133 52 14
JANUVIA 213 175 53 81
CEFUROXIME 203 145 54 163
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 202 127 S3 55 161
LYRICA 202 111 55 76
NYSTATIN 202 122 55 147
DIGOXIN 197 183 58 59
CEPHALEXIN 196 145 59 111
ZETIA 195 142 60 80
PROMETHAZINE HCL 192 70 R 61 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 191 163 62 62
CYMBALTA 191 69 62 50
HYDROXYZINE HCL 185 68 R 64 168
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 182 69 R 65 83
IBUPROFEN 176 113 66 110
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 175 142 67 37
RAMIPRIL 174 134 68 74
DIOVAN 172 151 69 45
AZITHROMYCIN 171 107 70 44
LIPITOR 169 107 71 106
ESTRADIOL 168 72 R 72 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 167 137 73 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 166 141 74 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 165 116 R 75 61
SPIRONOLACTONE 161 107 76 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160 108 77 17
NASONEX 157 68 78 260
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 155 132 79 158
SYMBICORT 147 78 80 148
PAROXETINE HCL 144 96 81 58
CILOSTAZOL 140 97 82 214
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 140 102 82 112
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 94 84 38
RISPERIDONE 135 94 85 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 132 78 86 91
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 106 S2 87 122
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 123 92 88 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 123 84 88 99
SINGULAIR 122 71 90 78
NAMENDA 118 106 91 53
VERAPAMIL ER 118 68 91 89
AMOXICILLIN 118 73 91 140
NOVOLOG 116 67 94 139
CELEBREX 116 79 94 104
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 116 70 S2 94 87
DIOVAN HCT 116 92 94 90
MEGESTROL ACETATE 114 110 R 98 185
BENAZEPRIL HCL 114 88 98 41
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 112 82 100 175
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 110 65 101 135
NAPROXEN 108 84 102 116
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 39 S2 103 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 103 69 104 172
METHOCARBAMOL 102 64 R 105 159
DILTIAZEM ER 102 49 105 105
FENOFIBRATE 99 63 107 71
SINGLE USE SWAB 98 62 108 302
LEVEMIR 98 61 108 157
MECLIZINE HCL 96 65 110 115
DICYCLOMINE HCL 94 81 111 206
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 93 71 112 192
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 73 113 66
MUPIROCIN 92 59 113 225
ONGLYZA 92 64 113 245
LACTULOSE 92 86 113 132
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 92 58 113 101
SYNTHROID 91 65 118 55
FLUCONAZOLE 90 60 119 156
SULINDAC 90 53 119 339
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88 74 121 118
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 88 57 121 108
VENTOLIN HFA 88 59 121 92
LIDODERM 87 65 124 229
MIRTAZAPINE 87 73 124 56
AVODART 86 70 126 249
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 85 62 127 93
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 83 40 R 128 224
OXYCONTIN 83 72 S2 128 165
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 79 61 130 154
FENTANYL 78 55 S2 131 100
CARISOPRODOL 78 49 R 131 72
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 77 55 R 133 297
NIFEDIPINE ER 76 64 134 102
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 46 134 169
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 59 134 57
NIASPAN 76 71 134 166
COLCRYS 75 59 138 229
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 74 43 139 144
LOVAZA 73 52 140 210
WELCHOL 73 40 140 208
KLOR-CON M20 72 66 142 85
CLONIDINE HCL 72 37 142 39
TIZANIDINE HCL 71 0 144 124
NOVOLIN 70-30 71 61 144 235
OLANZAPINE 71 51 144 181
ULORIC 71 42 144 349
COMBIVENT 70 35 148 129
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 39 148 109
OXYCODONE HCL 70 59 S2 148 68
FEXOFENADINE HCL 69 40 151 281
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 50 152 46
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 68 18 152 180
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 37 154 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 57 155 75
HUMULIN R 65 38 155 227
FINASTERIDE 65 65 155 117
EXELON 64 42 158 119
HUMALOG 63 30 159 150
SUCRALFATE 62 53 160 193
ABILIFY 59 18 161 216
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 59 38 161 228
HALOPERIDOL 59 54 161 242
PEN NEEDLE 59 30 161 137
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 49 165 47
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 53 166 160
EXFORGE 56 0 166 190
GLIPIZIDE 56 56 166 84
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 42 169 94
VYTORIN 54 43 169 195
ULTRA COMFORT 54 34 169 399
LEVETIRACETAM 54 23 169 125
XOPENEX HFA 53 28 173 380
METHIMAZOLE 51 40 174 315
METHOTREXATE 50 25 175 248
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 25 175 162
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 Aug. 27, 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.