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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,027Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 1121

$798K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 147 out of 1121

694 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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

7% of this provider’s 694 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 694 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 16,398 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

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 838 782 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 797 734 2 6
LISINOPRIL 628 564 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 579 538 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 572 541 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 551 420 S3 6 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 487 465 7 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 419 397 8 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 359 336 9 19
SERTRALINE HCL 314 299 10 21
ATENOLOL 313 312 11 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 287 12 9
MIRTAZAPINE 302 279 13 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 290 281 14 17
METFORMIN HCL 280 270 15 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 256 250 16 11
CARVEDILOL 238 219 17 20
SIMVASTATIN 237 231 18 1
MELOXICAM 225 194 19 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 199 20 12
CLOPIDOGREL 159 159 21 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 144 22 35
TRAMADOL HCL 150 136 23 25
GABAPENTIN 148 144 24 13
AZITHROMYCIN 135 122 25 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 124 26 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 112 27 46
NAPROXEN 131 131 28 116
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 124 29 62
KLOR-CON M20 122 113 30 85
CELEBREX 119 119 31 104
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 118 32 31
PREMARIN 112 96 R 33 96
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 106 34 15
IBUPROFEN 111 97 34 110
SYNTHROID 108 83 36 55
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 79 S2 37 86
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 106 38 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 95 39 29
DIOVAN 104 95 39 45
FAMOTIDINE 103 91 41 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 101 42 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 101 43 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 96 44 36
PROPRANOLOL HCL 98 97 45 123
NEXIUM 98 77 45 24
PLAVIX 98 98 45 42
SINGULAIR 98 80 45 78
GLIPIZIDE ER 92 90 49 142
GALANTAMINE HBR 92 92 49 243
VERAPAMIL ER 89 79 51 89
TRAZODONE HCL 87 70 52 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 87 87 52 57
CYMBALTA 85 69 54 50
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 84 80 55 93
PAROXETINE HCL 83 66 56 58
ALLOPURINOL 82 60 57 30
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 82 58 57 144
DIOVAN HCT 81 77 59 90
ROPINIROLE HCL 81 61 59 91
BYSTOLIC 81 79 59 121
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 80 62 41
NABUMETONE 78 74 63 145
GEMFIBROZIL 77 77 64 88
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 69 64 79
DIGOXIN 74 62 66 59
GLIPIZIDE 74 74 66 84
PREDNISONE 72 69 68 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 68 69 73
GLYBURIDE 70 65 R 70 51
ESTRADIOL 70 67 R 70 95
CRESTOR 69 58 72 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 66 73 113
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 67 53 74 101
MECLIZINE HCL 67 61 74 115
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 65 76 38
NAMENDA 66 61 76 53
RANITIDINE HCL 66 66 76 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 58 79 99
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 64 64 80 233
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 58 81 182
PROAIR HFA 57 49 82 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 55 R 83 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 41 R 84 83
FINASTERIDE 52 50 85 117
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 46 86 172
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 43 86 65
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 July 27, 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.