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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 1121

$732K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 191 out of 1121

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 489 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 11,958 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 654 407 S3 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 575 484 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 556 440 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 399 342 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 359 312 5 8
FUROSEMIDE 342 302 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 325 300 7 9
LISINOPRIL 320 270 8 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 312 271 9 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 262 240 10 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 226 163 11 19
LOVASTATIN 208 184 12 26
MELOXICAM 197 184 13 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 196 171 14 11
CARISOPRODOL 182 100 R 15 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 165 16 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 168 141 17 34
GABAPENTIN 167 125 18 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 159 19 23
SERTRALINE HCL 159 119 20 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 141 21 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 151 134 22 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 119 23 31
NABUMETONE 141 124 24 145
DONEPEZIL HCL 138 119 25 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 110 26 32
DIOVAN 135 135 26 45
CLOPIDOGREL 132 120 28 27
ATENOLOL 127 86 29 16
ALLOPURINOL 124 120 30 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 110 31 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 60 32 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 118 101 32 14
CELEBREX 115 100 34 104
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 83 34 29
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 90 36 91
NIFEDIPINE ER 109 85 37 102
PLAVIX 98 88 38 42
NEXIUM 97 65 39 24
TRAZODONE HCL 97 72 39 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 70 41 62
PAROXETINE HCL 96 78 41 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 90 43 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 93 71 44 41
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 79 44 38
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 91 62 46 120
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 79 47 194
AZITHROMYCIN 88 75 48 44
TORSEMIDE 85 77 49 155
LYRICA 85 62 49 76
PROMETHAZINE HCL 82 52 R 51 67
DIGOXIN 80 80 52 59
SPIRIVA 79 58 53 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 68 54 36
EVISTA 77 77 55 143
CARVEDILOL 77 58 55 20
LANTUS 76 37 57 52
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 59 58 79
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 55 R 59 61
PREDNISONE 69 64 59 43
ESTRADIOL 67 49 R 61 95
CLONIDINE HCL 67 39 61 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 67 67 61 99
RISPERIDONE 64 47 64 82
MIRTAZAPINE 64 53 64 56
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 51 66 113
MECLIZINE HCL 59 50 67 115
RAMIPRIL 58 31 68 74
TRAMADOL HCL 57 40 69 25
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 54 70 123
VERAPAMIL ER 54 53 70 89
DIOVAN HCT 53 41 72 90
IBUPROFEN 53 28 72 110
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 52 17 S2 74 87
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 46 74 154
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 52 74 60
GEMFIBROZIL 51 41 77 88
PREMARIN 50 45 R 78 96
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 July 8, 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.