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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,277Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 1121

$973K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 1121

630 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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 630 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 630 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 16,219 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

$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
OMEPRAZOLE 968 803 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 739 625 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 672 569 S3 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 605 551 4 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 555 502 5 14
FUROSEMIDE 471 374 6 7
LISINOPRIL 424 349 7 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 423 365 8 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 398 344 9 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 364 305 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 326 291 11 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 320 272 12 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 300 250 13 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 275 243 14 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 268 214 15 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 242 16 46
TRAMADOL HCL 218 203 17 25
CARVEDILOL 217 181 18 20
METFORMIN HCL ER 212 189 19 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 174 20 29
PREDNISONE 209 170 21 43
GABAPENTIN 206 153 22 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204 179 23 19
GLIPIZIDE 193 184 24 84
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 184 25 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 140 26 31
MIRTAZAPINE 173 162 27 56
MELOXICAM 171 151 28 22
CLOPIDOGREL 165 147 29 27
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 156 154 30 93
CRESTOR 153 114 31 28
ATENOLOL 152 140 32 16
CYMBALTA 145 119 33 50
SPIRIVA 144 110 34 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 142 99 35 65
ALLOPURINOL 136 124 36 30
NAMENDA 136 136 36 53
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 99 38 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 104 39 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 119 97 39 120
PLAVIX 119 112 39 42
TRAZODONE HCL 116 106 42 40
VENTOLIN HFA 112 77 43 92
NEXIUM 111 82 44 24
SERTRALINE HCL 109 99 45 21
GEMFIBROZIL 109 90 45 88
METFORMIN HCL 108 100 47 8
FENOFIBRATE 103 68 48 71
VERAPAMIL ER 100 98 49 89
VESICARE 100 100 49 186
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 98 51 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 99 80 R 51 61
PROAIR HFA 97 69 53 48
JANUVIA 94 91 54 81
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 19 R 55 67
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 73 56 114
FENTANYL 87 51 S2 57 100
ZETIA 86 79 58 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 86 82 58 182
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 58 R 60 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 85 59 60 77
DIGOXIN 82 77 62 59
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 52 S2 63 86
BENAZEPRIL HCL 78 71 64 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 64 65 64
LOVASTATIN 75 69 66 26
FINASTERIDE 74 74 67 117
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 68 67 99
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 48 69 70
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 71 63 70 221
LYRICA 71 40 70 76
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 58 70 79
RANITIDINE HCL 68 43 73 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 59 74 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 60 74 62
RISPERIDONE 64 63 76 82
AZITHROMYCIN 64 53 76 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 39 78 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 60 79 118
CLONIDINE HCL 59 53 80 39
JANUMET 57 48 81 167
CEPHALEXIN 56 49 82 111
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 49 83 54
PEN NEEDLE 55 40 83 137
RAMIPRIL 53 53 85 74
EVISTA 53 52 85 143
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 40 87 101
JANTOVEN 51 51 88 146
PROCRIT 50 0 89 486
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 Dec. 29, 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.