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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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47,264Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1121

$2.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 1121

1,292 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

17% of this provider’s 1,292 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 1,292 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 31,040 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 1,761 908 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 1,684 1,067 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,405 882 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,282 947 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,224 846 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,201 862 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 1,189 766 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,050 731 8 9
TRAMADOL HCL 807 616 9 25
GABAPENTIN 790 413 10 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 781 590 11 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 724 540 12 12
NEXIUM 721 433 13 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 719 548 14 11
ATENOLOL 647 510 15 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 624 466 16 10
TRAZODONE HCL 579 398 17 40
RANITIDINE HCL 532 385 18 33
PROMETHAZINE HCL 480 176 R 19 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 474 334 20 60
MELOXICAM 433 314 21 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 392 206 22 18
ENDOCET 389 113 S2 23 107
FAMOTIDINE 373 246 24 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 351 243 25 14
LOVASTATIN 350 244 26 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 347 263 27 38
SERTRALINE HCL 339 233 28 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 339 231 28 23
PREDNISONE 329 243 30 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 310 264 31 32
ALLOPURINOL 299 250 32 30
SPIRIVA 290 195 33 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 287 207 34 70
LANTUS 286 204 35 52
GLIPIZIDE 279 201 36 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 279 158 36 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 277 222 38 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 277 209 38 37
ROPINIROLE HCL 272 176 40 91
GLYBURIDE 265 219 R 41 51
AMOXICILLIN 265 141 41 140
INSULIN SYRINGE 259 176 43 77
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 251 186 44 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 248 245 45 35
RAMIPRIL 243 170 46 74
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 240 160 47 103
METHOCARBAMOL 240 131 R 47 159
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 230 113 49 120
OXYCODONE HCL 229 44 S2 50 68
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 222 67 S2 51 87
CARVEDILOL 219 180 52 20
PROAIR HFA 214 101 53 48
FENTANYL 213 145 S2 54 100
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 211 185 55 17
GEMFIBROZIL 211 88 55 88
CELEBREX 206 155 57 104
MIRTAZAPINE 205 173 58 56
CLOPIDOGREL 203 147 59 27
NAPROXEN 202 126 60 116
SPIRONOLACTONE 201 147 61 54
CRESTOR 195 123 62 28
OXYCONTIN 194 0 S2 63 165
HYDRALAZINE HCL 193 158 64 66
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 186 86 S2 65 86
DILTIAZEM ER 183 133 66 105
MECLIZINE HCL 183 159 66 115
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 181 117 68 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 181 158 68 65
NAMENDA 179 178 70 53
IBUPROFEN 178 116 71 110
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 178 119 71 112
KLOR-CON M10 178 116 71 171
AZITHROMYCIN 176 92 74 44
PREMARIN 176 83 R 74 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 175 56 76 29
DIGOXIN 175 174 76 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 133 76 15
CLONIDINE HCL 174 84 79 39
CEPHALEXIN 174 113 79 111
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 174 153 79 62
LYRICA 172 66 82 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 115 83 31
PAROXETINE HCL 165 113 84 58
RISPERIDONE 164 128 85 82
COMBIVENT 164 82 85 129
BENAZEPRIL HCL 164 119 85 41
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 162 98 88 97
CYMBALTA 160 80 89 50
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 158 107 90 108
CARISOPRODOL 153 42 R 91 72
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 153 126 91 75
PLAVIX 150 117 93 42
FINASTERIDE 148 119 94 117
LEVETIRACETAM 146 86 95 125
VERAPAMIL ER 143 125 96 89
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 141 98 97 175
TORSEMIDE 141 118 97 155
DIOVAN 141 97 97 45
DOXEPIN HCL 141 110 97 191
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 139 91 R 101 61
VENTOLIN HFA 136 71 102 92
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 136 63 102 135
EXELON 133 127 104 119
ADVAIR DISKUS 127 81 105 64
ACTOS 126 79 106 133
TIZANIDINE HCL 124 33 107 124
DEXILANT 122 56 108 136
NYSTATIN 121 99 109 147
ESTRADIOL 120 49 R 110 95
KLOR-CON 10 117 64 111 69
LACTULOSE 116 61 112 132
SINGULAIR 116 58 112 78
PEN NEEDLE 115 64 114 137
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 115 74 114 128
NITROSTAT 110 57 116 219
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 103 96 117 160
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 102 48 118 109
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 102 76 118 141
PROPRANOLOL HCL 97 70 120 123
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 97 79 120 118
TERAZOSIN HCL 94 94 122 130
HYDROXYZINE HCL 92 40 R 123 168
BUSPIRONE HCL 91 43 124 114
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 90 71 125 154
JANUVIA 90 47 125 81
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 88 48 127 416
FLUCONAZOLE 86 43 128 156
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 86 86 128 94
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 42 S2 130 122
LANSOPRAZOLE 83 46 131 162
SEROQUEL 81 58 132 134
DESONIDE 80 49 133 424
NIFEDIAC CC 80 67 133 200
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 79 75 135 99
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 77 45 R 136 282
DICYCLOMINE HCL 75 43 137 206
LEVEMIR 74 25 138 157
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 19 R 138 83
LIDODERM 74 46 138 229
SYNTHROID 73 44 141 55
PHENYTOIN 72 36 142 308
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 33 143 172
NOVOLOG 71 65 143 139
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 55 143 169
ZETIA 70 52 146 80
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 69 43 147 98
OLANZAPINE 68 62 148 181
QUINAPRIL HCL 66 47 149 127
TOPIRAMATE 66 0 149 202
CEFUROXIME 61 43 151 163
MEGESTROL ACETATE 60 53 R 152 185
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 20 152 144
LIPITOR 60 52 152 106
TRICOR 59 36 155 126
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 59 41 155 356
SOTALOL 59 57 155 199
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 57 40 R 158 297
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 26 159 228
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 43 159 261
SYMBICORT 53 40 161 148
ETODOLAC 53 35 161 211
ONGLYZA 53 30 161 245
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 51 164 158
DETROL LA 52 47 164 275
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 51 20 166 320
VENLAFAXINE HCL 51 13 166 201
NYSTOP 51 31 166 290
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 51 22 166 269
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 33 166 79
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 50 48 171 271
KLOR-CON M20 50 39 171 85
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 Jan. 20, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.