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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,233Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 1121

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 1121

715 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

15% of this provider’s 715 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 715 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 13,361 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 967 559 S3 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 727 581 2 6
LISINOPRIL 615 468 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 536 397 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 528 392 5 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 411 294 6 14
OXYCODONE HCL 404 119 S2 7 68
FUROSEMIDE 375 287 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 264 9 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 346 203 10 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 331 283 11 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 321 234 12 10
ATENOLOL 317 268 13 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 313 226 14 17
GABAPENTIN 273 148 15 13
METFORMIN HCL 258 216 16 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 201 176 17 23
SERTRALINE HCL 198 140 18 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 196 141 19 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 190 123 20 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 184 118 21 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 164 22 32
NEXIUM 180 96 23 24
CLOPIDOGREL 173 142 24 27
PROAIR HFA 169 136 25 48
CRESTOR 168 97 26 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 119 27 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 162 120 28 62
GLIMEPIRIDE 161 148 29 34
MELOXICAM 153 76 30 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 111 30 11
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 153 77 S2 30 86
CITALOPRAM HBR 152 113 33 18
LOVASTATIN 143 139 34 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 143 90 34 36
PAROXETINE HCL 142 86 36 58
SPIRIVA 141 125 37 49
ALLOPURINOL 135 128 38 30
OXYCONTIN 130 42 S2 39 165
FLUOXETINE HCL 130 61 39 60
CYMBALTA 123 37 41 50
PLAVIX 119 94 42 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 109 43 46
AZITHROMYCIN 113 74 44 44
CARISOPRODOL 111 25 R 45 72
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 88 46 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 100 46 37
DIGOXIN 105 81 48 59
SINGULAIR 102 73 49 78
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 102 89 49 233
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 100 51 65
SYNTHROID 100 93 51 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 93 43 R 53 67
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 65 54 91
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91 71 54 41
TRAMADOL HCL 90 65 56 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 66 57 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 68 R 58 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 69 59 64
ESTRADIOL 84 48 R 60 95
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 31 61 113
PREDNISONE 78 59 62 43
ENDOCET 77 23 S2 63 107
IBUPROFEN 76 45 64 110
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 75 16 65 158
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 69 66 38
GEMFIBROZIL 74 31 66 88
ZETIA 74 71 66 80
FAMOTIDINE 74 52 66 63
FENOFIBRATE 73 56 70 71
LYRICA 72 0 71 76
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 47 S2 72 122
ABILIFY 69 20 72 216
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 72 35
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 68 19 S2 75 87
FINASTERIDE 67 51 76 117
LANTUS 66 31 77 52
PRADAXA 66 55 77 223
FENTANYL 63 37 S2 79 100
CARVEDILOL 63 54 79 20
PREMARIN 62 43 R 81 96
RAMIPRIL 60 40 82 74
CLONIDINE HCL 60 34 82 39
DILTIAZEM ER 59 49 84 105
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 40 84 144
MECLIZINE HCL 57 55 86 115
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 12 86 124
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 50 88 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 28 89 75
ONGLYZA 52 47 90 245
TRAZODONE HCL 52 21 90 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 35 90 77
FLUCONAZOLE 51 22 93 156
VENLAFAXINE HCL 50 22 94 201
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 Sept. 22, 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.