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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,239Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 1121

$905K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 1121

599 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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
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this specialty
in Tennessee
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 599 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 599 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 14,308 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,487 847 S3 1 3
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 786 521 2 57
LISINOPRIL 706 492 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 685 558 4 1
ATENOLOL 578 437 5 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 572 458 6 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 522 436 7 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 461 323 8 2
CLONIDINE HCL 445 314 9 39
FAMOTIDINE 430 283 10 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 320 11 5
FUROSEMIDE 404 332 12 7
GLYBURIDE 364 263 R 13 51
OMEPRAZOLE 348 242 14 6
RANITIDINE HCL 316 209 15 33
GABAPENTIN 270 139 16 13
METFORMIN HCL 263 191 17 8
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 252 163 18 108
CITALOPRAM HBR 250 189 19 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 147 20 12
MELOXICAM 214 156 21 22
GEMFIBROZIL 204 99 22 88
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 198 93 R 23 83
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 166 24 10
CLOPIDOGREL 195 141 24 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 142 26 32
CARVEDILOL 178 142 27 20
KLOR-CON 10 177 130 28 69
INSULIN SYRINGE 176 117 29 77
IBUPROFEN 176 100 29 110
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 171 87 31 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 168 134 32 38
NIFEDIPINE ER 167 148 33 102
COMBIVENT 165 87 34 129
PLAVIX 154 128 35 42
TRAMADOL HCL 148 79 36 25
SERTRALINE HCL 145 114 37 21
LANTUS 142 115 38 52
CARISOPRODOL 137 33 R 39 72
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 31 S2 39 86
PREDNISONE 135 102 41 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 125 67 42 60
PAROXETINE HCL 124 84 43 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114 110 44 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 54 R 45 61
OXYCODONE HCL 104 42 S2 46 68
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 103 57 47 154
ALLOPURINOL 101 91 48 30
MECLIZINE HCL 95 74 49 115
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 91 49 37
NIFEDICAL XL 94 53 51 241
NIFEDIAC CC 94 71 51 200
PROAIR HFA 94 40 51 48
GLIPIZIDE 91 78 54 84
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 91 80 54 192
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 90 45 56 269
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 70 57 70
AZITHROMYCIN 88 50 58 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 31 58 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 69 60 31
NOVOLIN N 86 33 61 295
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 47 61 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 68 63 54
TRAZODONE HCL 80 32 64 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 45 64 29
BUSPIRONE HCL 79 45 66 114
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 52 67 118
LEVETIRACETAM 76 64 68 125
HUMULIN N 76 37 68 292
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 20 R 70 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 58 71 23
NOVOLOG 74 32 71 139
NEXIUM 72 44 73 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 63 74 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 64 75 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 52 76 62
FLUCONAZOLE 66 39 77 156
DIGOXIN 65 64 78 59
DIOVAN 65 43 78 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 63 60 80 15
LOVASTATIN 61 45 81 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 47 S2 82 122
HUMALOG 57 47 83 150
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 30 83 135
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 47 85 158
SPIRIVA 55 12 85 49
CRESTOR 54 30 87 28
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 20 88 169
VENTOLIN HFA 51 23 89 92
SINGULAIR 51 22 89 78
BUPROPION HCL SR 50 15 91 205
CYMBALTA 50 20 91 50
METHOCARBAMOL 50 35 R 91 159
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. 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.