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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,883Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 1121

$988K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 1121

583 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

14% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 583 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 19,069 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,268 1,164 S3 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 833 720 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 754 706 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 699 616 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 635 601 5 9
TRAZODONE HCL 624 596 6 40
LISINOPRIL 603 564 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 542 447 8 11
SIMVASTATIN 532 459 9 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 520 481 10 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 506 499 11 12
SERTRALINE HCL 495 470 12 21
GABAPENTIN 435 371 13 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 394 376 14 18
PREDNISONE 376 355 15 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 288 246 16 23
RANITIDINE HCL 283 266 17 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 270 261 18 17
MIRTAZAPINE 248 246 19 56
METFORMIN HCL 233 225 20 8
LANTUS 218 195 21 52
NAMENDA 210 210 22 53
NYSTATIN 190 187 23 147
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 188 168 24 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 185 182 25 75
RISPERIDONE 182 173 26 82
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 174 162 27 103
FAMOTIDINE 174 169 27 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 172 147 29 70
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 161 153 30 160
SEROQUEL 150 146 31 134
PLAVIX 139 135 32 42
FENTANYL 136 130 S2 33 100
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 124 34 14
CLOPIDOGREL 131 130 34 27
ALLOPURINOL 128 112 36 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 116 37 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 98 38 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 95 39 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 78 39 32
NOVOLOG 101 95 41 139
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 91 42 62
CLONIDINE HCL 98 91 43 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 93 44 66
LOVASTATIN 97 94 44 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 96 96 46 98
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 70 47 64
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 91 88 47 257
SPIRIVA 91 83 47 49
CYMBALTA 89 86 50 50
NEXIUM 88 74 51 24
CEFTRIAXONE 87 84 52 197
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 86 53 35
ATENOLOL 83 83 54 16
DIGOXIN 83 72 54 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 83 83 54 128
CARVEDILOL 82 81 57 20
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 82 57 118
TRAMADOL HCL 81 69 59 25
ONDANSETRON HCL 81 74 59 234
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 64 R 61 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 64 61 169
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 66 61 108
DICYCLOMINE HCL 67 52 64 206
CEPHALEXIN 67 63 64 111
CRESTOR 67 53 64 28
JANTOVEN 66 66 67 146
NYAMYC 66 66 67 346
DILTIAZEM ER 65 63 69 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 38 70 60
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 46 S2 71 86
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 61 52 S2 71 87
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 60 73 38
CEFUROXIME 60 58 73 163
NOVOLIN R 59 58 75 174
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 36 76 46
GLUCAGEN 57 57 76 341
LIPITOR 56 50 78 106
KLOR-CON 10 55 45 79 69
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 43 S2 80 122
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 47 81 57
AZITHROMYCIN 52 47 82 44
XOPENEX 52 50 82 472
LIDOCAINE HCL 52 49 82 237
LEVEMIR 52 52 82 157
EXELON 51 51 86 119
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 Sept. 4, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.