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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,886Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 1121

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 1121

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

10% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 697 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 25,598 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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 1,142 945 1 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,135 916 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 1,078 935 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 998 838 4 6
LISINOPRIL 979 786 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 724 651 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 671 460 S3 7 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 670 549 8 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 609 592 9 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 593 512 10 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 545 478 11 17
GABAPENTIN 528 420 12 13
FAMOTIDINE 527 431 13 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 526 444 14 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 516 393 15 12
METFORMIN HCL 410 309 16 8
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 343 286 R 10 17 258
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 340 294 18 73
PREDNISONE 334 273 19 43
MELOXICAM 332 248 20 22
METFORMIN HCL ER 328 249 21 47
NEXIUM 320 222 22 24
ATENOLOL 309 277 23 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 293 263 24 23
CRESTOR 284 256 25 28
TRAZODONE HCL 270 184 26 40
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 253 176 27 265
LOVASTATIN 251 234 28 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 241 191 29 29
TRAMADOL HCL 239 191 30 25
CLOPIDOGREL 233 197 31 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 225 187 32 18
KLOR-CON 10 220 214 33 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 217 161 34 54
ALLOPURINOL 212 161 35 30
SERTRALINE HCL 209 159 36 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 197 187 37 19
LANTUS 192 152 38 52
CARVEDILOL 186 179 39 20
ROPINIROLE HCL 183 161 40 91
PAROXETINE HCL 181 139 41 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 180 151 42 62
SPIRIVA 180 128 42 49
DIOVAN 179 157 44 45
FINASTERIDE 163 141 45 117
CLONIDINE HCL 158 141 46 39
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 158 148 46 93
JANUVIA 157 83 48 81
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 132 48 15
ENDOCET 155 112 S2 50 107
HYDRALAZINE HCL 154 143 51 66
CYMBALTA 145 75 52 50
PLAVIX 145 124 52 42
CARISOPRODOL 140 64 R 54 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 120 55 32
RANITIDINE HCL 139 105 55 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 94 S2 55 122
FLUOXETINE HCL 139 90 55 60
SINGULAIR 138 80 59 78
BENAZEPRIL HCL 131 102 60 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 114 61 70
MIRTAZAPINE 129 78 62 56
PROAIR HFA 126 85 63 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 125 106 64 36
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 125 83 64 112
MECLIZINE HCL 125 113 64 115
HYDROXYZINE HCL 121 99 R 67 168
AZITHROMYCIN 121 83 67 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 119 106 69 75
DIGOXIN 116 108 70 59
DILTIAZEM ER 115 105 71 105
QUINAPRIL HCL 115 103 71 127
BACLOFEN 114 54 73 131
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 111 75 74 101
KLOR-CON M20 108 96 75 85
NAMENDA 107 107 76 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 82 R 77 61
TIZANIDINE HCL 104 74 78 124
ESTRADIOL 104 71 R 78 95
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 98 80 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 99 78 81 98
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 63 82 57
PREMARIN 92 40 R 82 96
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 91 56 84 144
PROPRANOLOL HCL 89 69 85 123
METHOTREXATE 88 59 86 248
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 87 43 87 215
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 75 88 77
FENTANYL 86 61 S2 88 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 56 90 64
SYMBICORT 84 69 91 148
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 75 91 118
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 70 93 37
LEVETIRACETAM 82 53 94 125
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 80 95 35
RAMIPRIL 78 54 96 74
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 77 65 97 128
NOVOLIN R 77 73 97 174
ACARBOSE 77 63 97 255
AMITIZA 76 48 100 247
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 76 64 100 180
JANTOVEN 76 76 100 146
GLYBURIDE 76 49 R 100 51
VERAPAMIL ER 73 61 104 89
MINOXIDIL 70 50 105 310
VENLAFAXINE HCL 69 33 106 201
TOPIRAMATE 69 26 106 202
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 23 R 106 83
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 69 50 S2 106 87
NYSTATIN 62 59 110 147
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 49 111 102
AMOXICILLIN 61 44 111 140
LYRICA 60 46 113 76
CEPHALEXIN 60 41 113 111
VENTOLIN HFA 60 34 113 92
NATEGLINIDE 60 60 113 246
SYNTHROID 59 58 117 55
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 55 118 198
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 57 50 119 158
DIPYRIDAMOLE 57 57 R 119 353
NABUMETONE 55 54 121 145
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 27 R 122 67
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 40 122 130
PROBENECID 53 49 124 347
ONGLYZA 53 53 124 245
E.E.S. 200 51 51 126 481
IBUPROFEN 51 44 126 110
CELEBREX 51 25 126 104
VESICARE 51 43 126 186
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 43 126 108
LAMOTRIGINE 51 51 126 187
SEROQUEL 50 44 132 134
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 36 132 31
METHOCARBAMOL 50 20 R 132 159
NOVOLOG 50 40 132 139
NYSTOP 50 43 132 290
CILOSTAZOL 50 50 132 214
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 Jan. 31, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.