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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,097Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 1121

$903K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 1121

652 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

2% of this provider’s 652 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 652 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 12,503 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 990 767 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 898 720 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 734 503 3 7
LISINOPRIL 476 320 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 429 355 5 9
METFORMIN HCL 390 243 6 8
CLONIDINE HCL 373 236 7 39
OMEPRAZOLE 336 247 8 6
CARVEDILOL 314 226 9 20
GLYBURIDE 302 246 R 10 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 286 225 11 12
GABAPENTIN 266 184 12 13
ATENOLOL 265 183 13 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260 208 14 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 249 117 S3 15 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 242 176 16 18
TRAMADOL HCL 239 145 17 25
PLAVIX 226 166 18 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 217 198 19 66
NEXIUM 198 131 20 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 192 126 21 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 140 22 10
CLOPIDOGREL 173 134 23 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 167 23 35
PROAIR HFA 170 90 25 48
CRESTOR 167 106 26 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 136 27 17
TRAZODONE HCL 157 95 27 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 157 74 27 19
LABETALOL HCL 153 105 30 164
MELOXICAM 147 108 31 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 141 46 R 32 83
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 107 33 11
RANITIDINE HCL 138 105 34 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 138 103 34 2
ALLOPURINOL 125 100 36 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125 87 R 36 61
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 118 71 38 232
IBUPROFEN 116 58 39 110
BENICAR HCT 113 78 40 209
BENAZEPRIL HCL 112 76 41 41
METHYLDOPA 111 75 R 42 307
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 65 43 29
SERTRALINE HCL 106 54 43 21
KLOR-CON 10 102 81 45 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 70 46 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 66 47 57
NAMENDA 97 97 48 53
METHIMAZOLE 95 66 49 315
VESICARE 95 84 49 186
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 95 59 49 15
PEN NEEDLE 94 44 52 137
CIMETIDINE 92 76 53 412
DIOVAN HCT 90 77 54 90
ROPINIROLE HCL 89 66 55 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 70 55 62
GLIPIZIDE 89 57 55 84
PROMETHAZINE HCL 89 20 R 55 67
NAPROXEN 86 53 59 116
METHOCARBAMOL 86 48 R 59 159
AZITHROMYCIN 85 49 61 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 83 62 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 43 63 77
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 76 57 64 154
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 52 65 70
GLIPIZIDE ER 74 59 65 142
LYRICA 73 39 67 76
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 34 S3 68 161
NIFEDIPINE ER 70 65 68 102
DIOVAN 69 41 70 45
GEMFIBROZIL 68 39 71 88
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 66 29 72 396
DIGOXIN 65 58 73 59
MECLIZINE HCL 64 49 74 115
HYDROXYZINE HCL 64 43 R 74 168
LANTUS 64 40 74 52
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 31 77 34
VERAPAMIL ER 63 40 77 89
RISPERIDONE 62 57 79 82
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 53 80 14
LOVASTATIN 61 50 80 26
CYMBALTA 61 34 80 50
LIPITOR 59 46 83 106
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 31 84 101
SPIRIVA 57 45 84 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 35 84 36
CELEBREX 57 46 84 104
JANUVIA 56 54 88 81
AGGRENOX 54 46 89 177
COREG CR 53 51 90 375
KLOR-CON M20 52 31 91 85
PREMARIN 52 20 R 91 96
FLUCONAZOLE 51 14 93 156
FAMOTIDINE 51 45 93 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 32 95 109
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 Aug. 24, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.