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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,969Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 1121

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 1121

728 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

20% of this provider’s 728 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 728 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,401 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LISINOPRIL 963 539 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 785 526 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 727 422 3 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 574 350 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 572 318 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 547 293 S3 6 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 414 300 7 2
OMEPRAZOLE 398 246 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 393 211 9 8
GABAPENTIN 385 187 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 310 298 11 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 297 177 12 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 291 229 13 11
SERTRALINE HCL 225 184 14 21
CARVEDILOL 221 137 15 20
TRAZODONE HCL 197 116 16 40
CLOPIDOGREL 194 148 17 27
CLONIDINE HCL 190 90 18 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 189 149 19 75
HYDRALAZINE HCL 185 112 20 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 184 108 21 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 183 136 22 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 71 23 19
RANITIDINE HCL 175 134 24 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 168 115 25 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 165 103 26 64
TRAMADOL HCL 156 89 27 25
FAMOTIDINE 152 60 28 63
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 111 29 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 148 109 30 32
LYRICA 148 44 30 76
NOVOLIN R 145 135 32 174
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 59 S2 33 122
ALLOPURINOL 140 100 34 30
LEVEMIR 133 84 35 157
LANTUS 132 63 36 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 129 79 37 29
PLAVIX 125 65 38 42
NAMENDA 125 119 38 53
DIOVAN 122 95 40 45
RISPERIDONE 116 87 41 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 59 42 10
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 115 84 42 120
MELOXICAM 113 46 44 22
CRESTOR 113 80 44 28
KLOR-CON M20 112 88 46 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 111 89 47 94
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 104 53 48 103
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 104 60 48 15
BACLOFEN 102 32 50 131
PAROXETINE HCL 100 72 51 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 100 85 51 114
DIGOXIN 95 73 53 59
PREDNISONE 94 53 54 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 48 55 57
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 46 R 56 67
SPIRIVA 90 27 57 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 89 41 58 77
GLYBURIDE 88 55 R 59 51
NEXIUM 87 38 60 24
PROAIR HFA 85 16 61 48
GLIPIZIDE 84 78 62 84
ACTOS 83 55 63 133
COLCRYS 83 65 63 229
MIRTAZAPINE 80 69 65 56
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 57 66 79
MEGESTROL ACETATE 77 70 R 67 185
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 76 45 R 68 224
HYDROXYZINE HCL 76 43 R 68 168
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 24 70 38
LABETALOL HCL 74 41 70 164
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 70 70 182
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 13 S2 73 87
ATENOLOL 73 48 73 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 65 75 141
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 70 44 76 98
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 57 77 17
AMIODARONE HCL 67 38 78 188
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 28 79 60
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 32 R 79 61
LOVASTATIN 62 48 81 26
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 16 S2 81 86
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 39 83 108
NOVOLOG 58 38 84 139
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 44 85 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 30 85 54
TOPIRAMATE 54 0 87 202
FLUCONAZOLE 54 17 87 156
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 39 89 91
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 49 89 41
RENVELA 52 52 91 269
AZITHROMYCIN 50 35 92 44
IBUPROFEN 50 35 92 110
LEVETIRACETAM 50 21 92 125
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 Oct. 2, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.