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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,434Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 1121

$525K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 380 out of 1121

170 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

36% of this provider’s 170 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 170 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,720 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

73 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 472 261 S3 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 461 325 2 11
FUROSEMIDE 367 298 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 353 173 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 243 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 301 222 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 290 188 7 9
GABAPENTIN 288 128 8 13
SERTRALINE HCL 284 152 9 21
RISPERIDONE 266 167 10 82
LEVETIRACETAM 240 108 11 125
LISINOPRIL 228 166 12 4
NYSTATIN 208 135 13 147
TRAZODONE HCL 206 98 14 40
METFORMIN HCL 196 73 15 8
LANTUS 186 109 16 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 184 90 17 32
OMEPRAZOLE 182 96 18 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 98 19 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 161 112 20 12
CARVEDILOL 149 106 21 20
MIRTAZAPINE 148 104 22 56
BACLOFEN 143 28 23 131
LACTULOSE 139 65 24 132
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 138 111 25 98
KLOR-CON 10 138 102 25 69
FAMOTIDINE 125 78 27 63
CLONIDINE HCL 119 87 28 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 115 29 35
RANITIDINE HCL 115 63 30 33
HYDRALAZINE HCL 114 89 31 66
PREDNISONE 103 75 32 43
HUMULIN R 103 70 32 227
CYMBALTA 100 62 34 50
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 96 75 35 101
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 85 36 114
NAMENDA 88 71 37 53
OLANZAPINE 85 68 38 181
PAROXETINE HCL 84 67 39 58
CLOPIDOGREL 80 67 40 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 47 41 10
PLAVIX 71 54 42 42
OXYCODONE HCL 71 46 S2 42 68
DIOVAN 71 54 42 45
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 70 62 45 120
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 66 26 46 160
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 37 46 79
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 20 R 46 67
ATENOLOL 65 50 49 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 13 50 113
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 15 51 19
SEROQUEL 60 41 52 134
CARBAMAZEPINE 60 34 52 203
CRESTOR 58 43 54 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 39 54 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 41 56 182
NIASPAN 51 33 57 166
VESICARE 50 34 58 186
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.