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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,150Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 1121

$1.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 1121

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%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 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 23,446 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 1,565 1,321 S3 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,010 944 2 2
LISINOPRIL 870 749 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 802 704 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 663 592 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 521 458 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 509 483 7 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 509 444 7 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 495 465 9 5
COUMADIN 427 358 10 196
GABAPENTIN 377 321 11 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 363 309 12 10
METFORMIN HCL 344 288 13 8
ATENOLOL 342 255 14 16
CLOPIDOGREL 337 290 15 27
NAMENDA 337 337 15 53
SERTRALINE HCL 324 305 17 21
EXELON 297 291 18 119
AZITHROMYCIN 293 256 19 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 287 249 20 29
CARVEDILOL 284 256 21 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 283 253 22 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 282 214 23 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 274 274 24 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 270 239 25 11
DIGOXIN 243 225 26 59
PLAVIX 238 212 27 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 237 230 28 17
BUSPIRONE HCL 214 188 29 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210 189 30 23
RANITIDINE HCL 203 194 31 33
LACTULOSE 197 169 32 132
ROPINIROLE HCL 187 183 33 91
PAROXETINE HCL 185 179 34 58
TRAZODONE HCL 183 139 35 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 164 36 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 159 37 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 178 168 37 98
LEVOFLOXACIN 166 148 39 79
TRAMADOL HCL 160 124 40 25
NEXIUM 152 124 41 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 131 42 31
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 151 149 42 141
MELOXICAM 146 118 44 22
FENTANYL 146 131 S2 44 100
RISPERIDONE 144 130 46 82
LEVEMIR 143 122 47 157
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 143 132 47 75
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 141 120 49 70
SPIRIVA 138 109 50 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 131 109 51 62
FAMOTIDINE 131 111 51 63
MIRTAZAPINE 130 118 53 56
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 127 S2 54 122
ADVAIR DISKUS 119 93 55 64
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 119 91 55 101
CEFTRIAXONE 117 107 57 197
CRESTOR 117 81 57 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 96 57 57
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 116 104 60 172
PREDNISONE 115 101 61 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 113 106 62 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 99 62 32
KLOR-CON M20 106 89 64 85
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 105 93 65 65
CLONIDINE HCL 103 98 66 39
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 102 89 67 108
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 91 67 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 90 69 36
CYMBALTA 98 72 70 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 97 48 71 182
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 96 83 72 103
PROAIR HFA 96 82 72 48
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 94 68 74 135
PRADAXA 92 92 75 223
LYRICA 91 85 76 76
NOVOLOG 91 80 76 139
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 60 78 60
SEROQUEL XR 88 77 79 236
LANTUS 88 81 79 52
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 63 S2 81 86
RAMIPRIL 84 78 82 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 82 83 94
AGGRENOX 81 81 84 177
DILTIAZEM ER 80 77 85 105
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 73 85 41
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 61 R 87 67
LIDOCAINE HCL 78 67 88 237
SODIUM CHLORIDE 78 74 88 262
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 78 78 88 198
DIOVAN 77 56 91 45
GLIPIZIDE 76 64 92 84
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 74 93 118
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 49 94 54
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 72 71 95 271
GLYBURIDE 71 69 R 96 51
VENLAFAXINE HCL 71 71 96 201
NITROFURANTOIN 70 57 98 231
SINGULAIR 69 57 99 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 49 99 37
TORSEMIDE 67 54 101 155
VENTOLIN HFA 66 59 102 92
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 66 R 102 61
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 58 104 38
GEMFIBROZIL 63 54 104 88
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 53 104 128
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 38 104 109
SYNTHROID 63 30 104 55
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 62 62 109 158
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 32 R 110 83
LIPITOR 60 58 110 106
IBUPROFEN 60 29 110 110
HUMALOG 59 59 113 150
ALLOPURINOL 58 50 114 30
AMIODARONE HCL 57 41 115 188
SEROQUEL 57 55 115 134
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 53 117 66
LIDODERM 54 41 118 229
MECLIZINE HCL 54 48 118 115
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 53 45 120 189
SOTALOL 52 52 121 199
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 47 122 123
COMBIVENT 51 23 122 129
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 43 122 221
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 50 122 169
NAPROXEN 50 36 126 116
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 Dec. 1, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.