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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,837Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 145 out of 1121

$750K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 178 out of 1121

919 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

8% of this provider’s 919 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 919 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 9,809 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 881 377 S3 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 609 417 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 439 305 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 370 229 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 338 300 5 9
TRAMADOL HCL 335 153 6 25
METFORMIN HCL 314 226 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 306 242 8 2
LISINOPRIL 298 199 9 4
OMEPRAZOLE 286 206 10 6
AMOXICILLIN 266 123 11 140
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 162 12 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 227 172 13 12
CARVEDILOL 220 161 14 20
CLONIDINE HCL 214 125 15 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 171 16 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 207 167 17 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 182 107 R 18 61
MELOXICAM 172 138 19 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 150 19 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 131 21 11
CLOPIDOGREL 125 98 22 27
PLAVIX 122 95 23 42
FENTANYL 118 18 S2 24 100
DIOVAN 115 67 25 45
GLYBURIDE 112 94 R 26 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 73 27 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 110 81 28 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 92 29 29
GLIPIZIDE 108 95 29 84
ATENOLOL 105 56 31 16
NIFEDIAC CC 105 57 31 200
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 68 33 94
GABAPENTIN 102 77 34 13
KLOR-CON 10 100 78 35 69
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 97 50 36 263
ALLOPURINOL 96 67 37 30
PROAIR HFA 95 58 38 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 52 39 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 49 40 14
NAPROXEN 89 35 41 116
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 61 41 108
PREMARIN 87 52 R 43 96
DIGOXIN 87 66 43 59
NIFEDIPINE ER 84 73 45 102
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 67 46 23
AZITHROMYCIN 80 47 47 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 50 47 19
NEXIUM 80 40 47 24
VENTOLIN HFA 76 56 50 92
NAMENDA 76 72 50 53
SINGULAIR 75 35 52 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 54 53 57
SERTRALINE HCL 72 52 54 21
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 70 29 R 55 83
METHADONE HCL 69 17 S2 56 178
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 38 57 64
FAMOTIDINE 66 57 57 63
CYMBALTA 66 38 57 50
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 63 55 60 120
SPIRIVA 62 38 61 49
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 42 61 135
MECLIZINE HCL 61 57 63 115
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 49 63 32
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 59 65 73
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 48 66 162
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 30 67 101
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 0 R 68 67
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 27 68 77
PREDNISONE 53 24 70 43
KLOR-CON M20 53 42 70 85
ACTOS 52 39 72 133
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 39 72 62
PENICILLIN V POTASSIUM 52 14 72 472
DETROL LA 51 36 75 275
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 34 76 65
PEN NEEDLE 50 35 76 137
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 Oct. 21, 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.