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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,884Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 171 out of 1121

$772K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 160 out of 1121

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

9% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 10,218 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$56 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 640 364 S3 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 522 414 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 433 349 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 432 356 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 355 260 5 6
BENAZEPRIL HCL 292 224 6 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 186 7 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 230 198 7 2
NAPROXEN 229 159 9 116
METFORMIN HCL 219 147 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 205 126 11 19
CARVEDILOL 204 160 12 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 180 165 13 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 179 123 14 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 144 15 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 170 151 16 65
NEXIUM 158 90 17 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 158 138 17 17
KLOR-CON 10 154 131 19 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 142 20 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 150 121 21 32
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 136 121 22 38
ALLOPURINOL 126 95 23 30
MELOXICAM 117 105 24 22
LISINOPRIL 116 90 25 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 66 25 29
GABAPENTIN 114 101 27 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 111 94 28 66
PROAIR HFA 108 70 29 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 87 30 62
WARFARIN SODIUM 103 88 31 11
FAMOTIDINE 102 92 32 63
ATENOLOL 97 74 33 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 84 34 46
CLOPIDOGREL 93 71 35 27
GLYBURIDE 93 85 R 35 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91 56 37 14
CEFDINIR 91 55 37 183
PLAVIX 90 67 39 42
CRESTOR 88 63 40 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 73 41 37
CARTIA XT 84 68 42 267
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 84 59 42 70
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 65 R 44 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 82 61 45 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 61 45 18
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 81 56 47 120
FENOFIBRATE 81 63 47 71
CLONIDINE HCL 77 45 49 39
DIOVAN 75 71 50 45
METFORMIN HCL ER 74 54 51 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 23 R 51 83
TRAMADOL HCL 73 52 53 25
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 15 S2 53 87
ONGLYZA 73 67 53 245
RAMIPRIL 72 53 56 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 70 57 35
TRAZODONE HCL 69 51 58 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 52 59 57
SERTRALINE HCL 66 54 60 21
DIGOXIN 64 60 61 59
BENICAR 63 55 62 176
JANUVIA 60 60 63 81
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 47 R 64 185
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 47 64 36
CARISOPRODOL 57 13 R 64 72
SPIRIVA 57 51 64 49
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 37 68 109
ZETIA 53 38 69 80
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 26 R 70 67
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 Nov. 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.