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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,765Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 1121

$564K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 332 out of 1121

418 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 418 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 14,498 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
FUROSEMIDE 726 685 1 7
LISINOPRIL 694 599 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 650 607 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 614 588 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 485 456 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 479 463 6 5
ATENOLOL 414 398 7 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 341 317 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 321 279 9 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 250 10 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 296 254 11 18
GABAPENTIN 247 211 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 242 236 13 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 240 236 14 12
CEPHALEXIN 213 192 15 111
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 199 195 S3 16 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 180 17 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 192 185 18 54
RANITIDINE HCL 192 163 18 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 182 20 35
BUSPIRONE HCL 181 174 21 114
SERTRALINE HCL 175 144 22 21
CLOPIDOGREL 166 154 23 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 151 128 24 34
ALLOPURINOL 151 131 24 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 141 130 26 29
NAMENDA 140 140 27 53
QUINAPRIL HCL 139 139 28 127
PLAVIX 135 124 29 42
TRAZODONE HCL 135 125 29 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 120 31 70
CARVEDILOL 130 118 32 20
BUMETANIDE 126 126 33 152
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 124 120 34 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 108 35 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 113 36 31
LABETALOL HCL 117 117 37 164
MELOXICAM 115 97 38 22
FENOFIBRATE 114 113 39 71
DIGOXIN 113 94 40 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 108 105 41 62
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 102 77 42 98
MIRTAZAPINE 95 93 43 56
PAROXETINE HCL 94 82 44 58
CRESTOR 88 77 45 28
FAMOTIDINE 87 62 46 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 84 47 32
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 83 81 S3 48 161
LANTUS 81 70 49 52
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 77 50 75
CLONIDINE HCL 77 65 51 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 76 52 37
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 76 76 52 233
AZITHROMYCIN 75 69 54 44
OLANZAPINE 75 75 54 181
HALOPERIDOL 75 33 54 242
ZETIA 74 69 57 80
PROAIR HFA 74 55 57 48
DILTIAZEM ER 73 68 59 105
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 72 50 60 103
VERAPAMIL ER 70 66 61 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 57 62 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 60 63 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 62 64 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 51 64 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 61 66 64
TRAMADOL HCL 58 45 67 25
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 42 68 77
DIOVAN 53 53 69 45
NEXIUM 52 52 70 24
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 50 71 120
NOVOLIN R 51 51 71 174
ACARBOSE 51 51 71 255
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 March 20, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.