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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,439Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 97 out of 1121

$916K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 99 out of 1121

555 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

4% of this provider’s 555 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 555 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 14,095 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$53 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 624 547 1 2
LISINOPRIL 579 406 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 556 433 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 522 427 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 497 353 5 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 482 412 6 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 417 376 7 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 379 333 S3 8 3
OMEPRAZOLE 355 282 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 335 311 10 5
GABAPENTIN 269 225 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 232 174 12 8
CLOPIDOGREL 207 161 13 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 206 164 14 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 202 163 15 18
LOVASTATIN 176 124 16 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 175 164 17 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 175 136 17 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 141 19 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 147 20 15
RANITIDINE HCL 161 118 21 33
NEXIUM 159 104 22 24
NAMENDA 153 153 23 53
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 150 119 24 112
DONEPEZIL HCL 150 150 24 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 150 129 24 66
RAMIPRIL 145 128 27 74
PLAVIX 140 106 28 42
DIGOXIN 139 121 29 59
BUSPIRONE HCL 138 121 30 114
GLIMEPIRIDE 137 101 31 34
CARVEDILOL 131 102 32 20
PREDNISONE 125 78 33 43
FAMOTIDINE 117 101 34 63
CLONIDINE HCL 116 80 35 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 91 36 79
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 95 37 14
MIRTAZAPINE 109 95 38 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 95 39 29
GEMFIBROZIL 106 81 40 88
ATENOLOL 104 94 41 16
LACTULOSE 104 101 41 132
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 98 43 31
TRAZODONE HCL 102 54 43 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 84 45 32
MELOXICAM 100 68 45 22
PAROXETINE HCL 93 77 47 58
AZITHROMYCIN 93 75 47 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 75 49 37
LOVAZA 88 76 50 210
PROAIR HFA 87 56 51 48
SERTRALINE HCL 86 74 52 21
KLOR-CON 10 86 55 52 69
DIOVAN 82 82 54 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 74 54 19
METOLAZONE 81 71 56 238
QUINAPRIL HCL 79 79 57 127
LABETALOL HCL 78 76 58 164
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 69 58 57
SINGULAIR 78 62 58 78
VESICARE 77 73 61 186
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 58 R 61 61
TRILIPIX 75 55 63 207
VYTORIN 75 73 63 195
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 71 63 38
VERAPAMIL ER 74 62 66 89
SPIRIVA 72 45 67 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 67 68 75
CYMBALTA 69 63 69 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 69 69 118
DIOVAN HCT 69 63 69 90
NAPROXEN 68 62 72 116
RISPERIDONE 68 60 72 82
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 57 74 94
ZETIA 67 51 74 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 48 76 73
TRAMADOL HCL 63 48 77 25
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 63 22 77 259
CRESTOR 63 60 77 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 61 80 54
EXELON 62 62 80 119
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 51 80 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 53 83 128
OLANZAPINE 61 61 83 181
SYMBICORT 59 43 85 148
FENTANYL 58 50 S2 86 100
ALLOPURINOL 57 52 87 30
LYRICA 57 26 87 76
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 57 35 87 158
LIPITOR 56 51 90 106
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 46 90 113
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 44 92 108
NIASPAN 54 37 93 166
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 29 R 94 67
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 48 95 70
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 51 95 47
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 May 21, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.