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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,248Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 1121

$1.62M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 1121

560 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

11% of this provider’s 560 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 560 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 16,520 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

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 1,097 765 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 854 682 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 798 575 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 548 421 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 502 435 5 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 473 399 6 14
CARVEDILOL 428 378 7 20
OMEPRAZOLE 412 289 8 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 321 9 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 363 254 10 34
SERTRALINE HCL 357 268 11 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 345 315 12 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 341 289 13 75
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 324 205 14 19
METFORMIN HCL 323 223 15 8
GABAPENTIN 322 219 16 13
RAMIPRIL 303 251 17 74
CEFDINIR 296 190 10 18 183
NEXIUM 287 178 19 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 269 234 20 11
MELOXICAM 265 200 21 22
CLOPIDOGREL 259 210 22 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 252 173 23 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 241 210 24 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 239 208 25 9
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 236 157 26 97
CITALOPRAM HBR 227 183 27 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 165 28 10
NAMENDA 201 188 29 53
FENOFIBRATE 200 149 30 71
EXELON 199 183 31 119
FENTANYL 198 135 S2 32 100
ZETIA 194 135 33 80
SPIRIVA 189 115 34 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 141 35 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 181 148 36 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 177 84 37 98
TRAMADOL HCL 175 103 38 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 166 108 39 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 164 103 40 36
PLAVIX 161 133 41 42
LOVASTATIN 160 137 42 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 158 151 43 94
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 156 141 44 232
LANTUS 150 98 45 52
CYMBALTA 148 78 46 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 106 47 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 134 113 48 15
ALLOPURINOL 128 91 49 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 85 50 17
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 121 92 S2 50 122
ACTOS 113 106 52 133
PROAIR HFA 113 85 52 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 88 54 37
DIGOXIN 104 103 55 59
GLYBURIDE 104 96 R 55 51
TRAZODONE HCL 104 35 55 40
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 101 86 58 109
LYRICA 100 49 59 76
ROPINIROLE HCL 97 73 60 91
RISPERIDONE 95 65 61 82
RANITIDINE HCL 94 70 62 33
EVISTA 93 90 63 143
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 75 64 57
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 31 R 64 83
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 91 78 66 141
KLOR-CON M10 88 70 67 171
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 62 68 182
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 43 S2 69 86
SINGULAIR 80 64 70 78
MIRTAZAPINE 75 67 71 56
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 57 72 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 32 73 60
ATENOLOL 71 66 74 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 70 54 75 47
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 69 53 76 221
SEROQUEL 68 56 77 134
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 66 60 R 78 297
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 54 79 118
PAROXETINE HCL 60 53 80 58
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 45 80 99
CLONIDINE HCL 59 45 82 39
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 48 83 144
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 58 36 83 23
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 29 R 83 67
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 58 38 83 175
VYTORIN 57 40 87 195
BUSPIRONE HCL 57 35 87 114
CRESTOR 57 48 87 28
DIOVAN 56 50 90 45
RANEXA 56 44 90 299
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 56 14 90 271
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 32 93 172
PEN NEEDLE 55 45 93 137
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 44 95 54
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 21 95 120
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 26 95 135
VENTOLIN HFA 53 16 98 92
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 29 98 77
PREMARIN 50 16 R 100 96
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 Dec. 28, 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.