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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,665Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 177 out of 1121

$649K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 247 out of 1121

607 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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 607 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 607 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 9,297 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
LISINOPRIL 712 550 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 685 325 S3 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 469 348 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 367 228 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 361 278 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 346 263 6 2
METFORMIN HCL 327 236 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 312 240 8 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 282 219 9 10
GABAPENTIN 275 167 10 13
TERAZOSIN HCL 263 174 11 130
CARISOPRODOL 241 77 R 12 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 121 13 19
ATENOLOL 239 186 13 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 235 182 15 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229 204 16 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 229 169 16 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 167 139 18 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 122 19 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 154 133 20 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 82 21 18
PAROXETINE HCL 145 121 22 58
CLOPIDOGREL 144 89 23 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 113 24 32
RANITIDINE HCL 122 71 25 33
PROPRANOLOL HCL 111 90 26 123
FAMOTIDINE 106 68 27 63
DIGOXIN 102 78 28 59
CARVEDILOL 102 75 28 20
PLAVIX 94 60 30 42
LOVASTATIN 91 72 31 26
PROAIR HFA 86 31 32 48
ALLOPURINOL 84 65 33 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 71 34 62
PREDNISONE 81 51 35 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 81 35 17
SERTRALINE HCL 78 40 37 21
TRAMADOL HCL 77 25 38 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 51 39 38
CLONIDINE HCL 76 37 39 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 26 R 41 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 74 41 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 40 43 60
OXYCODONE HCL 72 38 S2 44 68
DILTIAZEM ER 66 50 45 105
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 62 46 41
CYMBALTA 65 46 46 50
RAMIPRIL 65 45 46 74
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 32 49 29
CRESTOR 62 37 50 28
ZETIA 60 46 51 80
NEXIUM 60 40 51 24
KLOR-CON M20 60 28 51 85
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 59 41 54 103
ESTRADIOL 57 28 R 55 95
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 48 56 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 29 57 34
FINASTERIDE 55 42 57 117
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 54 57 261
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 12 S2 60 86
PRIMIDONE 52 41 61 217
GLYBURIDE 50 42 R 62 51
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. 26, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.