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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,522Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 253 out of 1121

$614K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 277 out of 1121

432 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

16% of this provider’s 432 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 432 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 8,097 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 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 1,013 622 S3 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 401 301 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 371 305 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 306 258 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 287 237 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 252 205 6 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 174 7 19
LISINOPRIL 214 123 8 4
CARISOPRODOL 200 69 R 9 72
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 176 130 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 119 11 23
CYMBALTA 149 83 12 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 149 122 12 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 125 12 10
METFORMIN HCL 142 103 15 8
GABAPENTIN 128 89 16 13
CARVEDILOL 125 96 17 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 93 18 17
DIGOXIN 115 115 19 59
AZITHROMYCIN 109 63 20 44
TRAMADOL HCL 108 89 21 25
ATENOLOL 107 81 22 16
NEXIUM 105 63 23 24
RANITIDINE HCL 97 61 24 33
PROMETHAZINE HCL 97 30 R 24 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 88 26 15
PREDNISONE 93 43 27 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 88 70 28 11
ESTRADIOL 88 65 R 28 95
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 83 43 30 113
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 79 30 62
DEXAMETHASONE 78 63 32 253
MELOXICAM 78 45 32 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 68 34 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 44 35 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 59 36 32
CLOPIDOGREL 69 57 37 27
RAMIPRIL 65 56 38 74
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 65 38 38
KLOR-CON 10 62 61 40 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 60 40 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 48 42 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 42 35
MIRTAZAPINE 60 57 44 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 44 R 44 61
ENDOCET 59 21 S2 46 107
PREMARIN 58 53 R 47 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 43 48 29
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 56 19 S2 49 87
FLUCONAZOLE 56 23 49 156
PLAVIX 56 55 49 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 40 52 79
PAROXETINE HCL 54 35 53 58
CRESTOR 54 40 53 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 30 53 57
OXYCODONE HCL 53 28 S2 56 68
TRAZODONE HCL 53 41 56 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 26 S2 56 86
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 45 59 93
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 11 60 65
QUINAPRIL HCL 51 51 60 127
OXYCONTIN 51 0 S2 60 165
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.