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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,322Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 1121

$712K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 205 out of 1121

649 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

3% of this provider’s 649 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 649 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 20,064 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,190 1,131 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 900 815 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 896 822 3 6
LISINOPRIL 812 746 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 771 666 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 671 633 6 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 638 638 7 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 494 449 S3 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 481 461 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 447 433 10 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 427 378 11 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 405 383 12 15
ATENOLOL 363 347 13 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 349 289 14 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 335 281 15 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 316 286 16 14
ALLOPURINOL 314 289 17 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 287 265 18 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 275 266 19 17
GABAPENTIN 265 258 20 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 263 247 21 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 255 218 22 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 252 231 R 23 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 234 178 24 29
LOVASTATIN 228 228 25 26
PAROXETINE HCL 207 173 26 58
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 197 186 27 38
DIGOXIN 190 179 28 59
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 185 179 29 194
CLONIDINE HCL 171 129 30 39
CRESTOR 165 149 31 28
MELOXICAM 161 136 32 22
VENTOLIN HFA 159 143 33 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 145 34 18
CLOPIDOGREL 152 112 35 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 151 150 36 73
AZITHROMYCIN 150 130 37 44
GEMFIBROZIL 149 141 38 88
GLYBURIDE 146 137 R 39 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 138 138 40 35
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 135 133 41 112
TERAZOSIN HCL 134 121 42 130
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 134 42 46
PREDNISONE 129 123 44 43
FAMOTIDINE 127 104 45 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 124 116 46 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 123 112 47 34
TIZANIDINE HCL 123 98 47 124
PLAVIX 122 100 49 42
EVISTA 118 107 50 143
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 100 51 54
VERAPAMIL ER 115 112 51 89
ZETIA 110 106 53 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 91 54 64
FINASTERIDE 101 101 55 117
SERTRALINE HCL 100 73 56 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99 97 57 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 98 58 31
TRAZODONE HCL 95 70 59 40
CHLORTHALIDONE 94 77 60 149
KLOR-CON M20 93 76 61 85
TRAMADOL HCL 84 59 62 25
HUMALOG 84 47 62 150
ACEBUTOLOL HCL 83 71 64 421
NADOLOL 82 66 65 285
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 78 66 57
DILTIAZEM ER 79 76 67 105
CARVEDILOL 76 59 68 20
KLOR-CON 10 74 65 69 69
SYNTHROID 73 64 70 55
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 63 70 108
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 70 70 72 182
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 70 72 62
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 68 65 74 154
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 74 118
CARISOPRODOL 68 38 R 74 72
MIRTAZAPINE 64 64 77 56
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 40 78 77
CEPHALEXIN 60 54 78 111
AMOXICILLIN 60 54 78 140
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 49 81 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 44 R 81 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 58 83 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 57 84 172
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 57 84 99
KLOR-CON M10 56 46 86 171
MECLIZINE HCL 55 50 87 115
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 55 87 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 30 87 109
NAMENDA 55 55 87 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 42 91 32
NAPROXEN 54 54 91 116
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 42 93 103
TRICOR 52 48 94 126
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 42 94 169
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 94 84
LANTUS 50 39 97 52
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 Aug. 20, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.