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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,233Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 1121

$1.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 1121

955 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

4% of this provider’s 955 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 955 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 13,913 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 937 481 S3 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 895 614 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 763 472 3 7
LISINOPRIL 693 471 4 4
NEXIUM 615 258 5 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 543 368 6 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 532 367 7 9
OMEPRAZOLE 508 285 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 384 248 9 8
GABAPENTIN 360 125 10 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 356 139 11 19
CRESTOR 345 227 12 28
LEVOFLOXACIN 302 147 13 79
PROAIR HFA 295 154 14 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 284 155 15 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 213 16 5
MELOXICAM 249 132 17 22
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 244 145 18 175
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 237 179 19 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 229 201 20 11
TRAZODONE HCL 223 114 21 40
SYMBICORT 216 86 22 148
GLYBURIDE 214 142 R 23 51
SPIRIVA 212 117 24 49
CEPHALEXIN 207 133 25 111
CLOPIDOGREL 192 155 26 27
RANITIDINE HCL 190 118 27 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 122 28 15
AZITHROMYCIN 186 101 28 44
LYRICA 183 81 30 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 180 141 31 32
CARVEDILOL 177 154 32 20
CYMBALTA 177 69 32 50
PLAVIX 175 124 34 42
SIMVASTATIN 168 138 35 1
DIOVAN 168 117 35 45
VENTOLIN HFA 162 56 37 92
ALLOPURINOL 161 138 38 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 89 39 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 157 62 40 64
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 127 41 10
RAMIPRIL 154 92 42 74
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 152 97 43 57
BYSTOLIC 151 115 44 121
ATENOLOL 147 95 45 16
ROPINIROLE HCL 141 80 46 91
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 140 74 47 101
EXFORGE 136 65 48 190
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 135 61 49 112
ZETIA 131 66 50 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 128 83 51 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 124 70 R 52 61
CELEBREX 121 70 53 104
IBUPROFEN 119 31 54 110
PAROXETINE HCL 116 46 55 58
INSULIN SYRINGE 112 66 56 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 56 57 60
SERTRALINE HCL 108 55 58 21
DEXILANT 107 55 59 136
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 60 60 94
JANUMET 105 66 61 167
TRAMADOL HCL 105 37 61 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 95 25 R 63 67
NABUMETONE 93 57 64 145
LUNESTA 92 30 65 288
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 90 57 66 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 89 81 67 99
METHOCARBAMOL 89 21 R 67 159
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 88 57 R 69 173
ANTARA 86 31 70 331
MIRTAZAPINE 86 57 70 56
SEROQUEL XR 84 38 72 236
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 75 73 35
DIOVAN HCT 82 34 74 90
BUSPIRONE HCL 82 42 74 114
COMBIVENT 81 15 76 129
XOPENEX HFA 81 20 76 380
SINGULAIR 79 37 78 78
LOVAZA 78 30 79 210
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 37 79 118
NYSTATIN 77 44 81 147
CLONIDINE HCL 76 51 82 39
RISPERIDONE 75 40 83 82
PEN NEEDLE 75 36 83 137
METFORMIN HCL ER 74 54 85 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 49 85 62
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 70 32 87 158
DOXEPIN HCL 68 50 88 191
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 37 89 73
HYDROXYZINE HCL 67 27 R 89 168
VERAPAMIL ER 66 44 91 89
VYTORIN 66 44 91 195
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 26 93 113
SUPRAX 64 18 10 93 444
NAPROXEN 64 20 93 116
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 13 93 135
LEXAPRO 62 34 97 218
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 33 97 162
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 30 99 97
TRICOR 59 51 100 126
ULTRA COMFORT 59 20 100 399
FLUCONAZOLE 59 26 100 156
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 36 R 103 83
LANTUS 57 39 103 52
SYNTHROID 56 48 105 55
NASONEX 54 29 106 260
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 47 107 23
FACTIVE 53 21 10 107 468
KLOR-CON 10 52 41 109 69
COLCRYS 52 38 109 229
PIROXICAM 51 19 111 378
WELCHOL 51 25 111 208
LEVETIRACETAM 51 34 111 125
NOVOLOG 51 0 111 139
CEFDINIR 51 38 111 183
AGGRENOX 50 28 116 177
BENICAR 50 34 116 176
JANUVIA 50 18 116 81
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.