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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,794Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 1121

$3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1121

1,327 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,327 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 1,327 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 14,299 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,728 851 1 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,727 757 S3 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 842 438 3 1
LISINOPRIL 776 461 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 667 320 5 7
NEXIUM 604 242 6 24
RANITIDINE HCL 595 252 7 33
METFORMIN HCL 535 266 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 442 280 9 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 433 207 10 2
CLOPIDOGREL 410 206 11 27
GABAPENTIN 384 208 12 13
PROMETHAZINE HCL 335 52 R 13 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 308 109 14 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 301 151 R 15 61
FLUOXETINE HCL 287 151 16 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 281 154 17 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 150 18 5
PROAIR HFA 265 87 19 48
GLYBURIDE 248 167 R 20 51
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 245 66 R 21 83
TRAMADOL HCL 243 112 22 25
CARVEDILOL 234 158 23 20
NAPROXEN 223 92 24 116
PLAVIX 220 122 25 42
SERTRALINE HCL 215 128 26 21
BENAZEPRIL HCL 210 129 27 41
SPIRIVA 206 111 28 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 205 115 29 29
SUCRALFATE 202 105 30 193
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 84 31 10
CEPHALEXIN 197 110 31 111
TAMSULOSIN HCL 191 150 33 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 113 34 11
TRAZODONE HCL 190 84 34 40
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 189 97 36 97
CYMBALTA 189 90 36 50
AZITHROMYCIN 186 105 38 44
ALLOPURINOL 181 100 39 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 179 92 40 34
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 177 86 41 112
MELOXICAM 171 77 42 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 114 42 14
LOVASTATIN 170 87 44 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 68 45 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 82 46 18
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 159 90 47 108
DEXILANT 155 35 48 136
SYMBICORT 150 75 49 148
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 146 54 50 135
INSULIN SYRINGE 143 66 51 77
RAMIPRIL 142 110 52 74
PROPRANOLOL HCL 141 20 53 123
PREDNISONE 138 74 54 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 85 55 15
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 131 33 56 120
WELCHOL 131 47 56 208
TIZANIDINE HCL 131 56 56 124
GEMFIBROZIL 129 57 59 88
NOVOLOG 127 69 60 139
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 127 53 60 36
LANTUS 123 74 62 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 78 62 57
DOXEPIN HCL 122 11 64 191
DIOVAN 122 89 64 45
PEN NEEDLE 118 59 66 137
ESTRADIOL 117 39 R 67 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 117 65 67 70
CARISOPRODOL 116 15 R 69 72
FORTEO 114 46 70 351
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 109 87 71 175
LYRICA 107 26 72 76
RANEXA 106 53 73 299
PAROXETINE HCL 102 27 74 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 65 75 17
EXFORGE 99 32 75 190
KLOR-CON M20 99 44 75 85
VYTORIN 97 78 78 195
SINGULAIR 94 30 79 78
DIGOXIN 94 66 79 59
BACLOFEN 93 20 81 131
EXELON 93 63 81 119
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 38 83 91
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 67 83 35
CRESTOR 92 62 83 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 92 42 83 128
OLANZAPINE 91 77 87 181
RIBAVIRIN 91 0 10 87 414
METHOCARBAMOL 89 0 R 89 159
HYDROXYZINE HCL 88 22 R 90 168
VENTOLIN HFA 88 45 90 92
LEVEMIR 87 53 92 157
ATENOLOL 87 41 92 16
MIRTAZAPINE 85 62 94 56
NAMENDA 85 65 94 53
TRILIPIX 83 22 96 207
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 80 40 97 101
PEG 3350-ELECTROLYTE 79 38 98 365
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 21 99 144
CELEBREX 73 57 100 104
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 59 100 23
ETODOLAC 73 48 100 211
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 30 100 64
SYNTHROID 72 39 104 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 72 29 104 98
AMOXICILLIN 72 37 104 140
FLUCONAZOLE 71 23 107 156
ZETIA 71 18 107 80
COMBIVENT 70 21 109 129
PRADAXA 70 18 109 223
PENTOXIFYLLINE 68 31 111 300
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 25 112 153
FENOFIBRATE 66 34 112 71
CLONIDINE HCL 65 29 114 39
DIOVAN HCT 65 31 114 90
TRICOR 65 21 114 126
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 40 114 75
ONDANSETRON HCL 64 43 118 234
FAMOTIDINE 64 51 118 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 62 28 120 172
DICYCLOMINE HCL 62 0 120 206
PEGASYS 61 0 122 448
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 42 123 37
CILOSTAZOL 58 15 124 214
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 21 124 109
HUMALOG 58 24 124 150
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 23 127 54
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 55 11 128 265
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 26 128 130
BUSPIRONE HCL 55 32 128 114
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 23 131 66
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 13 131 158
FENTANYL 52 21 S2 133 100
NYSTATIN 51 11 134 147
BYSTOLIC 50 23 135 121
SAVELLA 50 21 135 401
LOVAZA 50 22 135 210
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. 11, 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.