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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,330Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 663 out of 1121

$255K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 730 out of 1121

291 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,578 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
SPIRONOLACTONE 304 224 1 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 243 217 2 102
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 183 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 210 160 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 202 153 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 166 116 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 159 141 7 2
SIMVASTATIN 156 148 8 1
LISINOPRIL 156 120 8 4
EPLERENONE 145 139 10 10 335
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 114 11 17
MINOXIDIL 122 99 12 310
OMEPRAZOLE 117 115 13 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL 115 102 14 66
ALLOPURINOL 114 102 15 30
CLONIDINE HCL 106 81 16 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 87 17 15
NIFEDICAL XL 97 89 18 241
CARVEDILOL 97 92 18 20
GABAPENTIN 79 51 20 13
CLONIDINE 75 58 21 304
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 74 22 46
ATENOLOL 74 74 22 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 68 24 73
DIOVAN 59 53 25 45
NIFEDIAC CC 58 56 26 200
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 52 27 12
SERTRALINE HCL 51 49 28 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 51 48 28 18
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 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.