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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,442Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 1121

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 1121

810 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

7% of this provider’s 810 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 810 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 20,300 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,058 913 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 843 710 2 7
LISINOPRIL 832 638 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 792 693 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 755 588 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 681 580 S3 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 672 560 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 614 541 8 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 549 421 9 18
METFORMIN HCL 524 384 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 496 410 11 9
ATENOLOL 464 387 12 16
GABAPENTIN 394 311 13 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 384 304 14 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 342 257 15 14
MIRTAZAPINE 323 312 16 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 304 271 17 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 285 240 18 75
CARVEDILOL 271 232 19 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 238 221 20 37
ALLOPURINOL 228 199 21 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 228 171 21 98
LANTUS 222 153 23 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 210 187 24 35
TRAZODONE HCL 200 121 25 40
LOVASTATIN 196 170 26 26
PLAVIX 195 163 27 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 192 165 28 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 191 187 29 99
CLOPIDOGREL 183 157 30 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 182 101 31 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 176 110 32 34
ROPINIROLE HCL 173 158 33 91
CLONIDINE HCL 169 141 34 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 168 156 35 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 168 124 35 66
SPIRIVA 165 136 37 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 140 38 15
NAMENDA 164 155 38 53
PROAIR HFA 163 68 40 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 161 135 41 79
SERTRALINE HCL 159 123 42 21
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 139 88 43 169
NEXIUM 138 110 44 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 137 125 45 118
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 137 102 45 103
FENTANYL 136 123 S2 47 100
AZITHROMYCIN 135 113 48 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 135 92 48 41
SEROQUEL 133 112 50 134
PAROXETINE HCL 130 100 51 58
GLIPIZIDE 129 110 52 84
TRAMADOL HCL 124 103 53 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 94 54 36
MELOXICAM 121 104 55 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 120 99 56 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 98 57 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 97 57 32
RANITIDINE HCL 115 102 57 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 109 87 60 97
CYMBALTA 107 78 61 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 106 90 62 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 77 62 17
DIOVAN 106 92 62 45
METFORMIN HCL ER 105 74 65 47
NYSTATIN 105 74 65 147
INSULIN SYRINGE 101 61 67 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 99 83 68 94
PRIMIDONE 98 44 69 217
ACTOS 96 79 70 133
DIGOXIN 94 90 71 59
HYDROXYZINE HCL 94 67 R 71 168
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 93 71 R 73 61
VERAPAMIL ER 91 90 74 89
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 51 S2 75 122
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 63 75 29
EVISTA 84 84 77 143
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 74 78 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 60 79 54
LAMOTRIGINE 80 63 79 187
BACLOFEN 79 27 81 131
KLOR-CON 10 77 65 82 69
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 75 83 102
DILTIAZEM HCL 75 74 83 261
CEPHALEXIN 72 54 85 111
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 60 R 86 67
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 54 86 93
CARBAMAZEPINE 69 28 88 203
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 69 53 88 226
CELEBREX 68 66 90 104
BUMETANIDE 68 55 90 152
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 51 90 108
RESTASIS 65 52 93 327
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 38 93 120
GLYBURIDE 64 63 R 95 51
NITROFURANTOIN 63 36 96 231
DILTIAZEM ER 62 39 97 105
TRAVATAN Z 60 52 98 319
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 51 99 192
SINGULAIR 59 47 99 78
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 47 101 158
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 43 101 113
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 57 43 103 356
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 35 103 128
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 54 105 130
SUCRALFATE 54 40 105 193
AMIODARONE HCL 52 40 107 188
PREDNISONE 52 51 107 43
CEFTRIAXONE 52 47 107 197
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 49 110 141
DETROL LA 51 47 110 275
RAMIPRIL 51 38 110 74
RISPERIDONE 50 36 113 82
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 April 12, 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.