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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,492Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 1121

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 1121

803 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

13% of this provider’s 803 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 803 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,862 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,270 918 S3 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 867 727 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 785 596 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 591 521 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 581 445 5 6
LISINOPRIL 574 392 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 460 405 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 450 429 8 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 383 322 9 12
CARVEDILOL 341 284 10 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 335 251 11 18
GABAPENTIN 325 203 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 280 235 13 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 270 224 14 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 267 256 15 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 262 243 16 35
METFORMIN HCL 262 182 16 8
TRAZODONE HCL 258 168 18 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 257 228 19 17
MELOXICAM 254 175 20 22
NAMENDA 252 244 21 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 195 22 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 227 163 23 19
BYSTOLIC 227 184 23 121
SERTRALINE HCL 227 181 23 21
RANITIDINE HCL 223 134 26 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 198 167 27 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 188 155 28 14
CLOPIDOGREL 182 123 29 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 133 30 15
PROMETHAZINE HCL 171 53 R 31 67
NEXIUM 168 89 32 24
DIGOXIN 162 162 33 59
MIRTAZAPINE 161 144 34 56
ALLOPURINOL 160 148 35 30
LYRICA 155 107 36 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 122 37 31
TIZANIDINE HCL 150 71 38 124
SEROQUEL XR 150 95 38 236
CRESTOR 149 116 40 28
ATENOLOL 146 116 41 16
PREDNISONE 138 103 42 43
LACTULOSE 136 121 43 132
LANTUS 134 100 44 52
CEPHALEXIN 133 98 45 111
TRAMADOL HCL 132 84 46 25
PLAVIX 131 101 47 42
CYMBALTA 130 69 48 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 102 49 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125 101 R 50 61
METOLAZONE 117 110 51 238
SPIRIVA 113 87 52 49
DIOVAN 113 103 52 45
INSULIN SYRINGE 112 43 54 77
CELEBREX 112 55 54 104
JANUVIA 107 90 56 81
CLONIDINE HCL 102 73 57 39
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 98 58 94
SYMBICORT 101 58 58 148
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 97 31 S2 60 87
GLYBURIDE 97 79 R 60 51
OXYCODONE HCL 96 54 S2 62 68
FENOFIBRATE 96 81 62 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 95 73 64 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 91 65 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 93 68 66 120
PROAIR HFA 93 44 66 48
ZETIA 91 54 68 80
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 87 69 23
LOVASTATIN 86 44 70 26
VENTOLIN HFA 84 67 71 92
INDAPAMIDE 83 58 72 138
PAROXETINE HCL 83 43 72 58
BENAZEPRIL HCL 83 63 72 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 67 75 70
GLIMEPIRIDE 81 67 76 34
DEXILANT 76 61 77 136
SUCRALFATE 75 48 78 193
NABUMETONE 73 44 79 145
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 61 79 98
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 66 81 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 57 81 118
MECLIZINE HCL 68 58 83 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 58 83 57
GALANTAMINE HBR 68 68 83 243
VERAPAMIL ER 65 65 86 89
RISPERIDONE 65 53 86 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 36 86 60
DILTIAZEM ER 63 45 89 105
ENDOCET 62 17 S2 90 107
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 39 91 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 53 92 36
GLIPIZIDE 59 41 93 84
NOVOLOG 59 51 93 139
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 40 93 64
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 56 96 112
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 28 96 101
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 58 47 96 175
LAMOTRIGINE 56 25 99 187
AVODART 56 56 99 249
NAPROXEN 56 43 99 116
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 39 102 113
BUMETANIDE 54 54 102 152
FAMOTIDINE 52 28 104 63
TRICOR 51 47 105 126
RANEXA 51 36 105 299
SOTALOL 50 50 107 199
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 38 107 91
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 April 24, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.