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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,921Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 85 out of 1121

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 1121

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 710 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 14,978 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

$57 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 622 420 S3 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 573 527 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 565 491 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 502 422 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 478 408 5 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 440 390 6 14
FUROSEMIDE 425 362 7 7
METFORMIN HCL ER 354 330 8 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 329 307 9 15
LISINOPRIL 315 282 10 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 288 238 11 19
MELOXICAM 255 210 12 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 253 224 13 10
CRESTOR 241 227 14 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 235 200 15 12
GABAPENTIN 234 199 16 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL 220 203 17 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 218 199 18 17
ATENOLOL 200 166 19 16
TRAMADOL HCL 198 192 20 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 178 160 21 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 176 176 22 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 172 124 23 18
METFORMIN HCL 171 160 24 8
ALLOPURINOL 170 164 25 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 154 26 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 147 27 31
LOVASTATIN 164 164 28 26
CARVEDILOL 163 152 29 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 148 30 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 155 139 31 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 153 153 32 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 147 117 33 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 144 34 46
SYNTHROID 143 130 35 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 137 36 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 140 124 37 65
AZITHROMYCIN 140 116 37 44
DIOVAN HCT 119 103 39 90
NAMENDA 118 118 40 53
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 105 41 153
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 73 42 60
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 110 110 43 93
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 108 93 44 38
PROMETHAZINE HCL 104 54 R 45 67
KLOR-CON 10 103 93 46 69
MIRTAZAPINE 102 87 47 56
PREDNISONE 99 77 48 43
PAROXETINE HCL 98 81 49 58
KLOR-CON M20 97 97 50 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 97 92 50 99
NEXIUM 94 62 52 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 83 53 57
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 73 53 179
CEFDINIR 87 74 55 183
DIOVAN 86 82 56 45
FENOFIBRATE 78 65 57 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 62 58 37
ESTRADIOL 76 71 R 58 95
LIPITOR 75 75 60 106
RAMIPRIL 75 56 60 74
CLONIDINE HCL 74 63 62 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 71 63 70
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 43 R 63 83
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 54 63 79
MECLIZINE HCL 72 53 63 115
TIZANIDINE HCL 70 0 67 124
LYRICA 69 36 68 76
KLOR-CON 8 69 69 68 212
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 46 R 68 61
NIASPAN 67 67 71 166
LANTUS 67 51 71 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 50 73 182
CLOPIDOGREL 64 64 73 27
GLYBURIDE 61 45 R 75 51
JANUVIA 60 60 76 81
PROAIR HFA 59 33 77 48
VERAPAMIL ER 58 42 78 89
CARISOPRODOL 57 0 R 79 72
FAMOTIDINE 57 55 79 63
GEMFIBROZIL 56 38 81 88
DIGOXIN 55 55 82 59
JANTOVEN 53 46 83 146
TRICOR 53 48 83 126
COLCRYS 51 38 85 229
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 37 85 94
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 44 87 54
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 March 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.