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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,669Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 1121

$880K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 115 out of 1121

690 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 690 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 690 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 17,705 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

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,000 853 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 949 733 S3 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 852 799 3 11
LISINOPRIL 797 647 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 760 617 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 757 680 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 569 464 7 1
GABAPENTIN 462 378 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 453 379 9 9
METFORMIN HCL 424 320 10 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 413 321 11 5
TRAMADOL HCL 336 280 12 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 309 256 13 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 304 271 14 18
DIGOXIN 301 293 15 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279 232 16 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 257 213 17 14
NEXIUM 254 230 18 24
ATENOLOL 251 211 19 16
SERTRALINE HCL 241 174 20 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 230 186 21 19
MIRTAZAPINE 192 182 22 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 186 161 23 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 172 24 35
RANITIDINE HCL 175 130 24 33
CARVEDILOL 163 159 26 20
GLYBURIDE 162 93 R 27 51
MELOXICAM 159 112 28 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 147 147 29 75
CLOPIDOGREL 145 97 30 27
FENTANYL 143 134 S2 31 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 143 109 31 29
LOVASTATIN 141 101 33 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 121 33 32
CEPHALEXIN 137 118 35 111
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 136 118 36 57
SPIRIVA 133 106 37 49
KLOR-CON M10 128 128 38 171
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 123 63 39 15
DILTIAZEM ER 122 116 40 105
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 121 87 R 41 61
PAROXETINE HCL 120 98 42 58
NAMENDA 118 114 43 53
PROAIR HFA 117 75 44 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 113 45 37
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 59 45 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 112 101 47 70
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 95 47 46
LANTUS 101 81 49 52
DEXILANT 100 69 50 136
MEGESTROL ACETATE 99 94 R 51 185
PLAVIX 98 71 52 42
DIOVAN 97 75 53 45
CELEBREX 94 77 54 104
SOTALOL 93 93 55 199
FAMOTIDINE 92 83 56 63
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 90 57 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 57 58 64
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 63 59 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 86 60 59 172
AZITHROMYCIN 86 66 59 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 85 81 62 34
ESTRADIOL 84 34 R 63 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 80 63 54
ALLOPURINOL 83 83 65 30
CLONIDINE HCL 83 70 65 39
KLOR-CON M20 81 63 67 85
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 53 67 41
SEROQUEL 80 80 69 134
SINGULAIR 77 54 70 78
TRAZODONE HCL 74 56 71 40
TORSEMIDE 73 69 72 155
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 56 73 62
GLIPIZIDE 69 67 73 84
RAMIPRIL 68 57 75 74
AGGRENOX 68 65 75 177
PREDNISONE 66 61 77 43
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 36 S2 78 122
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 47 79 144
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 40 R 80 168
CRESTOR 59 22 81 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 54 82 94
FLUCONAZOLE 57 43 82 156
FENOFIBRATE 56 24 84 71
VERAPAMIL ER 56 50 84 89
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 37 86 205
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 37 87 123
CYMBALTA 52 44 88 50
RISPERIDONE 51 49 89 82
NAPROXEN 51 39 89 116
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 47 89 108
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 50 89 91
COUMADIN 50 50 93 196
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 March 4, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.