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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,136Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 535 out of 1121

$376K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 561 out of 1121

560 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

3% of this provider’s 560 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 560 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 4,885 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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

13 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
SIMVASTATIN 349 260 1 1
LISINOPRIL 291 209 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 251 196 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 228 158 4 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 132 S3 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 192 167 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 184 148 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 155 73 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 126 101 9 9
ATENOLOL 125 90 10 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 116 59 11 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113 66 12 12
MELOXICAM 90 56 13 22
SERTRALINE HCL 87 56 14 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 68 15 10
GABAPENTIN 84 36 15 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 63 17 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 76 38 17 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 35 19 19
ALLOPURINOL 72 54 20 30
FENOFIBRATE 70 42 21 71
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 48 22 32
NEXIUM 67 34 23 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 45 24 14
CARVEDILOL 66 40 24 20
GLYBURIDE 66 27 R 24 51
DIGOXIN 62 51 27 59
VENTOLIN HFA 58 22 28 92
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 46 29 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 43 30 34
DILTIAZEM ER 52 37 31 105
FAMOTIDINE 50 40 32 63
TRAZODONE HCL 50 20 32 40
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 Jan. 7, 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.