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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,278Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 135 out of 1121

$904K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 103 out of 1121

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 473 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 473 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 13,611 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 722 648 1 9
OMEPRAZOLE 716 644 2 6
LISINOPRIL 609 518 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 585 483 S3 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 537 426 5 2
PREDNISONE 467 430 6 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 375 357 7 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 324 312 8 10
JANUVIA 293 253 9 81
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 240 208 10 5
AZITHROMYCIN 225 197 11 44
ATENOLOL 223 198 12 16
NAMENDA 210 210 13 53
CARVEDILOL 181 176 14 20
CLOPIDOGREL 179 167 15 27
SIMVASTATIN 170 165 16 1
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 169 166 17 62
FUROSEMIDE 167 138 18 7
PLAVIX 165 151 19 42
METFORMIN HCL 160 148 20 8
BENICAR 159 159 21 176
GABAPENTIN 152 124 22 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 119 23 23
NEXIUM 149 100 24 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 145 25 32
SYNTHROID 144 131 26 55
PREMARIN 143 133 R 27 96
ESTRADIOL 141 133 R 28 95
CYMBALTA 134 120 29 50
SUCRALFATE 134 129 29 193
BYSTOLIC 118 109 31 121
LEVETIRACETAM 117 111 32 125
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 103 33 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 107 82 33 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 93 35 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 104 99 36 79
URSODIOL 104 95 36 363
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 97 36 17
DIOVAN 101 88 39 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 75 40 12
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96 88 41 109
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 70 42 34
SERTRALINE HCL 89 89 43 21
MIRTAZAPINE 87 87 44 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 81 44 15
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 84 81 46 158
TRAMADOL HCL 82 78 47 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 80 76 48 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 69 49 54
LOVASTATIN 77 67 50 26
RANITIDINE HCL 77 69 50 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 76 52 18
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 69 53 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 71 54 94
RISPERIDONE 69 69 55 82
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 64 56 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 47 56 29
PEN NEEDLE 67 65 58 137
EVISTA 65 52 59 143
ONGLYZA 65 53 59 245
DILTIAZEM ER 63 63 61 105
JANUMET 63 51 61 167
PROAIR HFA 61 60 63 48
PAROXETINE HCL 61 41 63 58
FINASTERIDE 58 55 65 117
MICARDIS 57 57 66 283
TRAZODONE HCL 57 42 66 40
AVODART 56 56 68 249
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 48 69 75
DIGOXIN 53 53 69 59
LAMOTRIGINE 52 36 71 187
BENICAR HCT 52 50 71 209
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 48 71 57
CLONIDINE HCL 51 40 74 39
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 74 93
CRESTOR 50 39 76 28
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 Nov. 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.