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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,484Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 1121

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 1121

782 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

5% of this provider’s 782 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 782 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 14,537 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
FUROSEMIDE 829 638 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 650 445 S3 2 3
LISINOPRIL 618 401 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 546 465 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 542 408 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 482 339 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 466 331 7 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 459 387 8 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 382 243 9 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 338 237 10 18
METFORMIN HCL 315 192 11 8
LANTUS 313 235 12 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 299 285 13 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 231 14 5
RANITIDINE HCL 264 174 15 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 261 189 16 79
WARFARIN SODIUM 259 223 17 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 259 158 17 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 248 202 19 32
GABAPENTIN 245 140 20 13
CLOPIDOGREL 235 161 21 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 228 198 22 70
NAMENDA 219 204 23 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 200 154 24 98
SEROQUEL 178 107 25 134
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 161 100 26 226
MIRTAZAPINE 159 132 27 56
NEXIUM 158 113 28 24
KLOR-CON M20 152 104 29 85
PLAVIX 150 125 30 42
TRAZODONE HCL 148 121 31 40
HUMULIN R 145 94 32 227
DIOVAN 143 116 33 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 87 34 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 91 35 19
SPIRIVA 129 106 35 49
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 123 102 37 175
PROAIR HFA 120 69 38 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 120 74 R 38 67
FINASTERIDE 119 98 40 117
CARVEDILOL 117 105 41 20
CEFDINIR 117 88 41 183
SERTRALINE HCL 115 86 43 21
LACTULOSE 114 94 44 132
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 91 45 36
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 111 57 46 101
CEPHALEXIN 111 68 46 111
ZETIA 107 100 48 80
AZITHROMYCIN 106 75 49 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 105 75 50 182
CYMBALTA 104 68 51 50
CLONIDINE HCL 103 76 52 39
RISPERIDONE 102 56 53 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 85 54 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 94 55 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 60 56 54
MELOXICAM 88 38 57 22
LEVETIRACETAM 85 68 58 125
ATENOLOL 84 55 59 16
HYDRALAZINE HCL 84 63 59 66
CRESTOR 83 51 61 28
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 81 58 62 108
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 67 63 64
GLYBURIDE 79 37 R 64 51
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 79 44 R 64 224
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 60 66 99
NOVOLIN R 76 69 67 174
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 50 68 91
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 74 20 69 135
BUMETANIDE 74 58 69 152
SUCRALFATE 72 51 71 193
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 70 70 72 271
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 44 72 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 49 74 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 40 75 34
LYRICA 65 38 76 76
DIGOXIN 64 45 77 59
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 64 60 77 160
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 36 77 144
SINGULAIR 63 41 80 78
PREDNISONE 63 46 80 43
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 47 82 47
PAROXETINE HCL 60 31 83 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 39 83 60
LITHIUM CARBONATE 58 33 85 455
ONDANSETRON HCL 58 49 85 234
FENTANYL 57 53 S2 87 100
LOVASTATIN 57 51 87 26
METHOCARBAMOL 56 0 R 89 159
NOVOLOG 56 17 89 139
TRAMADOL HCL 55 41 91 25
JANUVIA 55 44 91 81
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 14 R 93 83
LOVAZA 53 37 94 210
RAMIPRIL 51 35 95 74
AGGRENOX 50 36 96 177
BACLOFEN 50 30 96 131
ALLOPURINOL 50 36 96 30
LEVEMIR 50 33 96 157
NYSTATIN 50 40 96 147
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.