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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,982Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 167 out of 1121

$849K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 120 out of 1121

606 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 606 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 606 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 10,771 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 685 482 S3 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 429 391 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 408 303 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 394 311 4 1
LISINOPRIL 392 306 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 367 299 6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 355 328 7 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 353 287 8 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 321 272 9 19
GABAPENTIN 253 190 10 13
METFORMIN HCL 248 178 11 8
FUROSEMIDE 241 195 12 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 218 186 13 11
RANITIDINE HCL 215 166 14 33
CRESTOR 204 182 15 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 173 16 18
MELOXICAM 200 171 17 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 197 157 18 12
SERTRALINE HCL 195 169 19 21
NEXIUM 187 117 20 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 162 136 21 14
ALLOPURINOL 162 137 21 30
TRAMADOL HCL 150 95 23 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 103 24 17
CLOPIDOGREL 120 93 25 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 113 105 26 91
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 104 26 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 101 28 10
PLAVIX 107 88 29 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 94 30 32
ATENOLOL 99 70 31 16
CARVEDILOL 97 77 32 20
PROAIR HFA 96 35 33 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 82 34 46
LANTUS 92 66 35 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 71 36 29
GLYBURIDE 89 83 R 37 51
SYNTHROID 87 45 38 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 73 39 37
DIGOXIN 80 54 40 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 69 41 23
BENICAR HCT 76 76 41 209
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 63 43 70
TRAZODONE HCL 75 18 43 40
SPIRIVA 71 58 45 49
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 70 57 46 204
CARISOPRODOL 68 11 R 47 72
LYRICA 65 59 48 76
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 39 49 179
WELCHOL 64 63 49 208
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 59 51 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 57 52 64
GEMFIBROZIL 60 20 53 88
DIOVAN 60 60 53 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 42 55 79
PREDNISONE 58 48 56 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 58 56 93
CLONIDINE HCL 58 43 56 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 53 59 60
LOVASTATIN 56 43 60 26
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 43 R 61 61
PAROXETINE HCL 55 31 61 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 36 61 94
LABETALOL HCL 54 50 64 164
CEFDINIR 53 38 65 183
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 35 R 66 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 26 67 36
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51 48 67 158
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 51 67 35
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 Sept. 26, 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.