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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,788Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 88 out of 1121

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 1121

589 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

13% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 589 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 11,787 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 852 532 S3 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 603 445 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 542 421 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 531 365 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 431 258 5 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 423 328 6 12
LISINOPRIL 412 303 7 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 355 229 8 19
FUROSEMIDE 322 224 9 7
LOVASTATIN 307 190 10 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 264 233 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 252 203 12 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 180 13 15
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 239 142 S2 14 86
TRAZODONE HCL 237 134 15 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 232 191 16 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 230 140 17 14
GABAPENTIN 217 110 18 13
PREDNISONE 207 148 19 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 139 20 18
NEXIUM 184 104 21 24
ATENOLOL 178 124 22 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 177 131 23 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 146 23 32
CARVEDILOL 151 45 25 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 151 117 25 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 116 27 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 140 28 35
MELOXICAM 141 73 29 22
GLYBURIDE 132 77 R 30 51
CRESTOR 131 121 31 28
TRAMADOL HCL 125 88 32 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 36 33 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 91 34 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 78 35 31
KLOR-CON M20 109 72 36 85
AZITHROMYCIN 108 76 37 44
OXYCODONE HCL 107 59 S2 38 68
CLONIDINE HCL 107 74 38 39
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 105 69 40 112
CLOPIDOGREL 104 70 41 27
SERTRALINE HCL 103 66 42 21
NAMENDA 98 98 43 53
PROAIR HFA 98 59 43 48
METFORMIN HCL ER 98 96 43 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 57 46 66
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 97 56 46 101
FENOFIBRATE 92 68 48 71
RANITIDINE HCL 89 58 49 33
KLOR-CON 10 88 63 50 69
SINGULAIR 82 46 51 78
JANUVIA 81 50 52 81
LYRICA 80 26 53 76
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 58 54 46
GEMFIBROZIL 76 34 55 88
ALLOPURINOL 75 50 56 30
INSULIN SYRINGE 75 45 56 77
LANTUS 73 36 58 52
PLAVIX 73 51 58 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 47 58 75
DEXAMETHASONE 71 38 61 253
CYMBALTA 71 44 61 50
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 50 63 130
FINASTERIDE 68 64 64 117
SYNTHROID 68 56 64 55
DIOVAN 68 55 64 45
CARISOPRODOL 66 12 R 67 72
TIZANIDINE HCL 65 0 68 124
ZETIA 65 59 68 80
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 37 70 144
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 40 71 54
ESTRADIOL 63 21 R 71 95
PAROXETINE HCL 61 42 73 58
GLYCOPYRROLATE 60 19 74 450
TRICOR 60 57 74 126
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 60 34 74 221
COMBIVENT 59 44 77 129
ACTONEL 58 58 78 220
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 16 78 64
VENTOLIN HFA 56 16 80 92
SPIRIVA 55 38 81 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 33 82 65
TORSEMIDE 54 51 82 155
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 32 84 113
DIGOXIN 52 39 85 59
PREMARIN 52 19 R 85 96
BUMETANIDE 52 36 85 152
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 29 88 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 41 89 36
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 35 R 89 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 May 21, 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.