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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,958Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 1121

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 1121

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

13% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 325 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 16,513 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% 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

55 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
FUROSEMIDE 694 651 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 592 544 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 590 537 3 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 573 543 4 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 511 474 5 18
MIRTAZAPINE 440 434 6 56
SERTRALINE HCL 392 385 7 21
GABAPENTIN 382 340 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 381 357 9 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 359 342 S3 10 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 337 337 11 11
NAMENDA 332 306 12 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 331 309 13 5
RISPERIDONE 293 283 14 82
OMEPRAZOLE 267 237 15 6
LANTUS 244 211 16 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 224 203 17 98
CYMBALTA 219 208 18 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 218 213 19 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 211 210 20 75
METFORMIN HCL 206 168 21 8
RANITIDINE HCL 183 166 22 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 154 23 15
CARVEDILOL 177 175 24 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 175 175 25 54
SEROQUEL 174 168 26 134
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 172 134 27 94
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 170 159 28 189
EXELON 169 139 29 119
SPIRIVA 160 140 30 49
LISINOPRIL 155 149 31 4
COUMADIN 148 148 32 196
BENAZEPRIL HCL 137 126 33 41
PREDNISONE 126 120 34 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 117 110 35 66
PROMETHAZINE HCL 114 109 R 36 67
OXCARBAZEPINE 110 71 37 289
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 105 85 38 141
PAROXETINE HCL 103 101 39 58
FINASTERIDE 99 94 40 117
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 95 41 12
LACTULOSE 94 94 42 132
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 92 67 43 135
OLANZAPINE 91 91 44 181
ALLOPURINOL 88 88 45 30
CLOPIDOGREL 85 79 46 27
NOVOLIN 70-30 84 77 47 235
KLOR-CON M20 83 55 48 85
ATENOLOL 82 78 49 16
TRAZODONE HCL 79 74 50 40
DIGOXIN 78 78 51 59
CLONIDINE HCL 78 66 51 39
LAMOTRIGINE 77 69 53 187
MELOXICAM 76 61 54 22
BACLOFEN 76 26 54 131
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 64 56 118
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 67 57 79
DILTIAZEM ER 72 67 58 105
KLOR-CON 10 69 63 59 69
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 60 60 91
NOVOLIN N 67 57 60 295
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 65 60 62 257
VESICARE 63 63 63 186
FLUCONAZOLE 63 62 63 156
PLAVIX 62 57 65 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 43 66 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 61 66 17
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 59 68 101
LEXAPRO 60 48 68 218
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 56 70 34
LATANOPROST 58 57 71 314
DIOVAN 58 58 71 45
DETROL LA 57 45 73 275
LEVETIRACETAM 57 45 73 125
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 56 75 114
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 56 75 198
ABILIFY 55 39 77 216
LEVEMIR 53 44 78 157
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 42 78 93
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 50 78 128
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 47 R 81 168
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 52 81 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 47 83 62
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 51 51 83 481
BUPROPION HCL 50 49 85 368
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 50 85 36
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 Oct. 5, 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.