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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,881Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 108 out of 1121

$953K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 1121

520 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 520 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 5,791 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 813 274 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 690 238 2 8
LISINOPRIL 683 200 3 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 662 256 4 14
OMEPRAZOLE 505 147 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 475 173 S3 6 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 429 171 7 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 426 158 8 9
RANITIDINE HCL 410 149 9 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 404 204 10 5
PROAIR HFA 375 92 11 48
FUROSEMIDE 347 119 12 7
GLYBURIDE 328 121 R 13 51
GABAPENTIN 263 52 14 13
NEXIUM 254 71 15 24
ATENOLOL 245 87 16 16
SIMVASTATIN 241 78 17 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 74 18 31
LOVASTATIN 221 146 19 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 220 46 20 15
GEMFIBROZIL 213 69 21 88
TRAMADOL HCL 194 66 22 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 39 23 12
LANTUS 155 37 24 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 27 25 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 43 26 36
SPIRIVA 148 47 27 49
CRESTOR 145 50 28 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 144 50 29 91
CLOPIDOGREL 134 75 30 27
ZETIA 132 58 31 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 53 32 17
JANUVIA 121 51 33 81
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 62 34 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 45 35 32
SINGULAIR 109 18 36 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 32 37 18
CLONIDINE HCL 103 43 38 39
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 102 11 R 39 83
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 100 39 R 40 61
NIFEDIPINE ER 100 24 40 102
TIZANIDINE HCL 100 0 40 124
MELOXICAM 95 22 43 22
INSULIN SYRINGE 91 34 44 77
PLAVIX 91 54 44 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 35 46 64
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 86 25 47 109
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 27 47 19
VENTOLIN HFA 84 21 49 92
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 83 0 50 144
LYRICA 81 0 51 76
ALLOPURINOL 76 50 52 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 23 53 66
DEXILANT 71 19 54 136
IBUPROFEN 70 17 55 110
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70 0 55 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 20 57 34
FENOFIBRATE 68 18 57 71
TRICOR 67 11 59 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 48 60 23
AZITHROMYCIN 61 23 61 44
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 25 R 62 168
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 0 63 128
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 30 63 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 13 R 65 67
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 21 66 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 33 66 37
COMBIVENT 54 17 68 129
NOVOLOG 52 17 69 139
WELCHOL 52 16 69 208
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 19 69 70
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 13 72 108
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 23 73 60
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 Nov. 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.