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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,500Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 1121

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 1121

747 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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

6% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,815 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 867 830 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 691 673 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 493 493 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 473 467 4 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 404 395 S3 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 381 381 6 11
SIMVASTATIN 380 369 7 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 364 364 8 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 350 348 9 17
ATENOLOL 345 341 10 16
MIRTAZAPINE 343 341 11 56
CRESTOR 310 309 12 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 282 264 13 14
LISINOPRIL 279 266 14 4
SERTRALINE HCL 273 260 15 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 270 256 16 9
DIOVAN 264 249 17 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 260 243 18 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 245 243 19 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 228 227 20 29
CLONIDINE HCL 222 219 21 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 217 217 22 18
CARVEDILOL 210 201 23 20
CYMBALTA 200 194 24 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 193 25 32
GABAPENTIN 194 194 26 13
METFORMIN HCL 193 182 27 8
NEXIUM 191 177 28 24
PREDNISONE 190 188 29 43
NAMENDA 184 184 30 53
TRAMADOL HCL 178 161 31 25
FENTANYL 178 178 S2 31 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 174 33 10
AZITHROMYCIN 171 158 34 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 163 158 35 57
TRAZODONE HCL 161 160 36 40
DIOVAN HCT 152 152 37 90
DILTIAZEM ER 151 138 38 105
DIGOXIN 151 151 38 59
ALLOPURINOL 142 136 40 30
FAMOTIDINE 130 130 41 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127 127 42 70
MELOXICAM 126 124 43 22
NYSTATIN 120 119 44 147
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 119 45 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 116 96 46 160
JANTOVEN 113 113 47 146
VANCOMYCIN HCL 112 112 48 303
EVISTA 106 93 49 143
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 100 95 50 120
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 98 98 51 65
LIDODERM 95 95 52 229
EXELON 94 94 53 119
RISPERIDONE 93 93 54 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 89 55 64
PLAVIX 92 91 55 42
LYRICA 89 84 57 76
ACTONEL 88 88 58 220
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 87 59 41
CLOPIDOGREL 85 85 60 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 85 60 19
FLUCONAZOLE 84 71 62 156
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 76 62 54
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 82 81 64 158
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 81 65 93
BYSTOLIC 81 79 65 121
COLCRYS 77 77 67 229
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 74 68 101
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 75 69 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 71 70 108
SYNTHROID 73 73 71 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 63 72 66
JANUVIA 70 66 73 81
FINASTERIDE 69 69 74 117
WELCHOL 66 65 75 208
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 65 76 75
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 65 76 91
KETOCONAZOLE 65 63 76 308
LATANOPROST 65 65 76 314
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 62 80 62
SINGULAIR 63 54 81 78
BENICAR 63 63 81 176
SPIRIVA 62 58 83 49
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 62 83 113
LANTUS 61 61 85 52
CEFDINIR 60 56 86 183
NOVOLOG 59 54 87 139
VOLTAREN 59 59 87 316
VESICARE 58 58 89 186
TRICOR 58 55 89 126
AMIODARONE HCL 57 57 91 188
RAMIPRIL 57 57 91 74
SEROQUEL 56 56 93 134
LACTULOSE 56 56 93 132
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 44 93 47
PREMARIN 56 53 R 93 96
FENOFIBRATE 55 52 97 71
DOXEPIN HCL 55 55 97 191
COUMADIN 55 55 97 196
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 54 100 118
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 54 100 60
KLOR-CON M20 53 53 102 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 52 103 36
LEXAPRO 52 52 103 218
KLOR-CON M10 52 42 103 171
HUMULIN R 51 47 106 227
OLANZAPINE 51 51 106 181
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 51 R 106 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 30 R 109 61
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 Dec. 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.