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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,649Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 1121

$961K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 1121

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

47% of this provider’s 483 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 19,479 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

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,022 929 1 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 971 912 S3 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 920 859 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 859 749 4 2
LISINOPRIL 808 712 5 4
SERTRALINE HCL 595 581 6 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 574 512 7 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 493 432 8 11
FUROSEMIDE 491 455 9 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 451 434 10 18
ALLOPURINOL 443 390 11 30
METFORMIN HCL 435 350 12 8
MELOXICAM 389 340 13 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 349 321 14 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 341 338 15 35
CLOPIDOGREL 288 259 16 27
ATENOLOL 265 260 17 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 225 18 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 247 218 19 29
NAMENDA 237 236 20 53
GABAPENTIN 231 214 21 13
PLAVIX 228 210 22 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 225 210 23 14
HYDROXYZINE HCL 185 175 R 24 168
CLONIDINE HCL 180 175 25 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 171 26 23
GLYBURIDE 175 145 R 27 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 171 161 28 12
MIRTAZAPINE 160 130 29 56
FENOFIBRATE 154 139 30 71
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 152 137 31 5
CEPHALEXIN 149 138 32 111
LOVASTATIN 147 122 33 26
TRAZODONE HCL 144 129 34 40
JANUVIA 142 110 35 81
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 141 140 36 118
LANTUS 140 130 37 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 134 38 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 130 39 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 127 127 40 75
NOVOLIN R 122 122 41 174
DIGOXIN 122 122 41 59
AZITHROMYCIN 118 107 43 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 116 112 44 182
GLIPIZIDE 115 80 45 84
FENTANYL 115 110 S2 45 100
NEXIUM 113 83 47 24
HUMULIN R 110 98 48 227
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 100 49 57
SINGULAIR 104 96 50 78
BENAZEPRIL HCL 100 91 51 41
NABUMETONE 100 83 51 145
RANITIDINE HCL 94 82 53 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 78 54 91
CARVEDILOL 92 91 54 20
EXELON 91 91 56 119
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 89 57 36
COMBIVENT 88 83 58 129
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 77 58 113
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 74 60 15
GEMFIBROZIL 82 61 61 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 73 62 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 77 63 17
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 76 67 64 144
MEGESTROL ACETATE 75 73 R 65 185
DICYCLOMINE HCL 75 71 65 206
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 73 67 66
CYMBALTA 71 52 68 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 48 69 94
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 67 66 70 160
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 53 71 34
ETODOLAC 65 52 71 211
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 65 52 71 198
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 64 71 93
SEROQUEL 64 64 75 134
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 55 76 102
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 55 77 108
BACLOFEN 60 53 78 131
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 60 78 62
PREDNISONE 59 45 80 43
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 58 49 81 257
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 54 81 77
KLOR-CON M20 57 45 83 85
DIOVAN HCT 55 55 84 90
CRESTOR 54 42 85 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 54 85 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 53 85 98
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 42 85 162
SPIRIVA 54 53 85 49
IBUPROFEN 53 49 90 110
NIFEDIAC CC 53 53 90 200
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 43 92 101
TRAMADOL HCL 51 39 93 25
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 25 S2 94 86
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 May 27, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.