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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,848Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 1121

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 1121

947 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 947 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 947 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,120 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,320 906 S3 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,093 861 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 880 707 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 837 624 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 770 648 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 767 537 6 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 753 571 7 15
FUROSEMIDE 554 384 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 464 348 9 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 449 373 10 41
LISINOPRIL 429 311 11 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 402 348 12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 329 254 13 12
ATENOLOL 321 251 14 16
GABAPENTIN 305 193 15 13
ALLOPURINOL 284 234 16 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 284 211 16 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 211 18 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 276 196 19 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 262 209 20 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 249 215 21 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 248 208 22 34
CLONIDINE HCL 246 189 23 39
NEXIUM 245 118 24 24
LOVASTATIN 241 218 25 26
CRESTOR 241 203 25 28
PROAIR HFA 237 127 27 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226 197 28 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 185 29 46
CLOPIDOGREL 194 189 30 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 194 116 30 36
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 175 32 153
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 192 184 33 37
GLIPIZIDE ER 188 146 34 142
TRAZODONE HCL 176 117 35 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 176 176 35 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 161 148 37 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 160 121 38 60
VERAPAMIL ER 155 117 39 89
TRAMADOL HCL 149 118 40 25
CARVEDILOL 148 122 41 20
SPIRIVA 148 111 41 49
FINASTERIDE 146 140 43 117
PLAVIX 145 125 44 42
JANUVIA 143 114 45 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 81 46 19
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 99 S2 47 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 115 47 23
LIPITOR 134 119 49 106
KLOR-CON 10 133 99 50 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 85 51 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 132 95 R 51 61
ZETIA 131 83 53 80
INSULIN SYRINGE 130 84 54 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 127 117 55 99
RANITIDINE HCL 123 96 56 33
DIOVAN 123 95 56 45
LYRICA 122 72 58 76
DIOVAN HCT 113 91 59 90
ESTRADIOL 113 56 R 59 95
GLYBURIDE 106 80 R 61 51
CARISOPRODOL 102 14 R 62 72
SERTRALINE HCL 101 67 63 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 65 64 64
ROPINIROLE HCL 99 83 64 91
PEN NEEDLE 98 68 66 137
PREDNISONE 96 76 67 43
CYMBALTA 91 58 68 50
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 77 69 66
PROMETHAZINE HCL 87 19 R 70 67
PAROXETINE HCL 87 58 70 58
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86 24 R 72 83
NAPROXEN 85 66 73 116
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 48 74 135
WELCHOL 81 59 75 208
CARTIA XT 80 69 76 267
QUINAPRIL HCL 80 71 76 127
MELOXICAM 78 46 78 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 42 78 113
KLOR-CON M20 78 58 78 85
LANTUS 77 58 81 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 58 82 118
COMBIVENT 74 60 83 129
AZITHROMYCIN 74 47 83 44
SOTALOL 73 73 85 199
HUMALOG 72 47 86 150
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 45 87 94
GEMFIBROZIL 71 66 87 88
GLIPIZIDE 69 62 89 84
RAMIPRIL 68 56 90 74
NAMENDA 68 68 90 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 41 92 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 62 93 172
LANSOPRAZOLE 64 49 94 162
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 63 60 95 259
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 32 S2 96 87
IBUPROFEN 61 31 97 110
FENTANYL 60 37 S2 98 100
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 30 98 70
MIRTAZAPINE 58 40 100 56
PREMARIN 58 32 R 100 96
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 38 102 101
VENTOLIN HFA 57 31 102 92
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 38 104 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 52 105 57
SYNTHROID 54 36 105 55
TIZANIDINE HCL 53 20 107 124
NOVOLOG 51 15 108 139
FAMOTIDINE 50 35 109 63
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 8, 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.