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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,921Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 1121

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 1121

665 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

6% of this provider’s 665 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 665 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 19,287 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 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 984 868 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 790 664 2 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 781 645 3 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 622 408 S3 4 3
LISINOPRIL 614 534 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 564 528 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 533 479 7 7
MELOXICAM 517 460 8 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 469 460 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 464 408 10 18
CARVEDILOL 458 419 11 20
GABAPENTIN 453 354 12 13
SIMVASTATIN 408 368 13 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 400 354 14 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 384 292 15 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 350 277 16 9
METFORMIN HCL 329 300 17 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 326 276 18 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 315 275 19 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 311 247 20 57
CRESTOR 261 205 21 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 250 220 22 46
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 213 177 23 194
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 213 179 23 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 208 183 25 32
CLOPIDOGREL 184 160 26 27
RANITIDINE HCL 176 140 27 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 174 136 28 65
ROPINIROLE HCL 173 140 29 91
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 173 119 10 29 358
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 172 153 31 37
ALLOPURINOL 170 143 32 30
FINASTERIDE 161 157 33 117
GEMFIBROZIL 161 130 33 88
LOVASTATIN 156 138 35 26
ATENOLOL 155 153 36 16
CLONIDINE HCL 154 128 37 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 150 124 38 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 149 142 39 120
GLIMEPIRIDE 146 132 40 34
DILTIAZEM ER 145 133 41 105
NEXIUM 141 100 42 24
DIGOXIN 136 136 43 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 131 131 44 35
TRAMADOL HCL 130 103 45 25
PLAVIX 119 109 46 42
ESTRADIOL 118 104 R 47 95
FLUOXETINE HCL 118 77 47 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 108 49 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 85 50 10
PREDNISONE 103 86 51 43
CYMBALTA 100 42 52 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 93 53 54
PROMETHAZINE HCL 96 66 R 54 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 76 54 62
METHOTREXATE 95 81 56 248
VENLAFAXINE HCL 93 62 57 201
LANTUS 92 87 58 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 90 59 70
TERAZOSIN HCL 88 70 60 130
MECLIZINE HCL 88 84 60 115
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 70 62 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 84 62 118
RISPERIDONE 83 82 64 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 77 65 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 68 R 65 61
TRAZODONE HCL 82 71 65 40
ACTOS 78 51 68 133
SERTRALINE HCL 78 57 68 21
NITROFURANTOIN 77 77 70 231
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 60 70 64
NAMENDA 75 70 72 53
RAMIPRIL 73 69 73 74
CARISOPRODOL 71 44 R 74 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 30 R 74 83
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 58 76 79
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 62 76 123
NYSTATIN 70 63 76 147
PROAIR HFA 68 51 79 48
LEVEMIR 67 44 80 157
CELEBREX 67 49 80 104
AZITHROMYCIN 66 57 82 44
KLOR-CON 10 64 52 83 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 55 83 108
TERBINAFINE HCL 62 54 85 447
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 55 86 162
EVISTA 60 52 86 143
CHLOROQUINE PHOSPHATE 59 45 88 453
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 54 89 101
BYSTOLIC 56 34 90 121
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 53 91 102
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 54 92 93
FENTANYL 54 30 S2 92 100
SUCRALFATE 51 49 94 193
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 39 94 94
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 51 94 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 50 97 128
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 48 97 99
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 Jan. 4, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.