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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,514Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 148 out of 1121

$648K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 248 out of 1121

513 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

17% of this provider’s 513 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,007 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 661 524 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 526 411 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 492 368 3 7
LISINOPRIL 475 343 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 473 337 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 440 345 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 389 245 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 379 269 8 2
LOVASTATIN 257 151 9 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 243 153 10 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 242 147 S3 11 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 144 12 10
GABAPENTIN 200 113 13 13
CARVEDILOL 194 164 14 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 190 147 15 12
MELOXICAM 189 142 16 22
ALLOPURINOL 183 146 17 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 131 18 11
ATENOLOL 175 116 19 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 110 20 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 157 156 21 35
PLAVIX 156 110 22 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 155 138 23 15
CLONIDINE HCL 142 123 24 39
KLOR-CON 10 136 114 25 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 109 26 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 71 26 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 71 28 14
FAMOTIDINE 114 70 29 63
BENAZEPRIL HCL 113 82 30 41
CRESTOR 110 84 31 28
KLOR-CON M20 100 53 32 85
CLOPIDOGREL 100 65 32 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 67 32 31
NEXIUM 95 61 35 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 70 36 57
LANTUS 92 42 37 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 63 38 65
RANITIDINE HCL 89 66 39 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 67 39 32
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 66 39 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 36 R 42 61
JANUVIA 86 70 42 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 53 42 19
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 47 R 45 83
HYDROXYZINE HCL 84 44 R 46 168
VERAPAMIL ER 80 30 47 89
PROAIR HFA 78 43 48 48
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 77 37 49 120
SERTRALINE HCL 75 47 50 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 67 50 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 47 50 66
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 74 64 53 73
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 54 53 221
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 47 53 79
LANSOPRAZOLE 73 51 56 162
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 62 56 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 40 58 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 32 59 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 41 60 54
PREDNISONE 65 45 61 43
FLUCONAZOLE 64 24 62 156
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 34 63 70
GLIPIZIDE 62 62 63 84
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 39 65 29
MIRTAZAPINE 60 59 65 56
TRAZODONE HCL 59 23 67 40
AZITHROMYCIN 57 35 68 44
RISPERIDONE 56 35 69 82
NAMENDA 55 49 70 53
GLYBURIDE 54 51 R 71 51
DIGOXIN 54 35 71 59
LIPITOR 53 41 73 106
TRAMADOL HCL 53 38 73 25
SINGULAIR 51 22 75 78
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.