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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,994Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 1121

$985K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 79 out of 1121

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%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

8% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,379 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 796 554 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 787 611 S3 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 705 514 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 656 581 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 603 471 5 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 553 513 6 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 502 403 7 5
LANTUS 420 283 8 52
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 369 313 9 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 333 270 10 12
METFORMIN HCL 329 187 11 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 252 12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 285 263 13 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 201 14 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 221 149 15 34
DILTIAZEM ER 216 171 16 105
GABAPENTIN 216 150 16 13
CLOPIDOGREL 210 163 18 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 154 19 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 200 197 20 75
DONEPEZIL HCL 194 194 21 35
FENTANYL 194 194 S2 21 100
CARVEDILOL 173 132 23 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 142 24 15
RISPERIDONE 159 159 25 82
ATENOLOL 153 123 26 16
NOVOLOG 148 74 27 139
PLAVIX 147 124 28 42
CYMBALTA 143 137 29 50
RANITIDINE HCL 136 90 30 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 121 115 31 29
MIRTAZAPINE 116 103 32 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 116 109 32 99
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 110 34 23
SPIRIVA 109 63 35 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 108 60 36 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 107 89 37 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 89 38 19
NAMENDA 104 103 39 53
KLOR-CON 10 104 99 39 69
HUMALOG 101 65 41 150
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 68 42 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100 90 42 37
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 95 S2 44 86
SEROQUEL 95 91 45 134
VENTOLIN HFA 94 47 46 92
AZITHROMYCIN 93 56 47 44
DIOVAN 92 80 48 45
LEVETIRACETAM 91 65 49 125
FAMOTIDINE 90 74 50 63
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 77 51 98
PROAIR HFA 88 50 52 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 85 79 53 70
MECLIZINE HCL 85 76 53 115
EXELON 85 79 53 119
TRAMADOL HCL 81 63 56 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 74 57 14
SERTRALINE HCL 77 71 58 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 46 59 46
LAMOTRIGINE 73 51 60 187
LEVEMIR 70 41 61 157
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 70 69 61 141
DIGOXIN 67 67 63 59
TRAZODONE HCL 67 52 63 40
CLONIDINE HCL 66 65 65 39
JANUVIA 65 51 66 81
LOVASTATIN 63 59 67 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 58 67 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 46 69 57
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 61 55 70 192
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 43 70 102
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 57 72 32
NOVOLIN N 58 47 73 295
LACTULOSE 58 49 73 132
SINGULAIR 57 43 75 78
LYRICA 57 50 75 76
DIOVAN HCT 57 38 75 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 53 78 62
SYNTHROID 56 44 78 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 47 80 64
PAROXETINE HCL 54 21 80 58
OLANZAPINE 53 53 82 181
PROMETHAZINE HCL 53 37 R 82 67
PREDNISONE 53 33 82 43
CHLORTHALIDONE 52 30 85 149
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 52 85 113
RAMIPRIL 51 47 87 74
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 9, 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.