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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,766Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 1121

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 1121

643 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

7% of this provider’s 643 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 643 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 20,193 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 941 830 1 2
LISINOPRIL 709 588 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 673 622 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 654 563 4 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 634 609 5 12
NAMENDA 633 625 6 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 631 539 7 18
SIMVASTATIN 609 580 8 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 593 585 9 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 592 507 S3 10 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 475 471 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 416 370 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 377 316 13 8
GABAPENTIN 341 276 14 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 335 335 15 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 280 225 16 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 269 255 17 10
SERTRALINE HCL 264 256 18 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 257 236 19 70
CARVEDILOL 243 223 20 20
MIRTAZAPINE 236 221 21 56
ATENOLOL 221 206 22 16
CLONIDINE HCL 216 179 23 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 204 24 37
GLYBURIDE 203 171 R 25 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 177 26 11
LANTUS 199 146 27 52
FORTICAL 195 193 28 291
TRAZODONE HCL 195 178 28 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 188 169 30 57
CLOPIDOGREL 184 178 31 27
SEROQUEL 174 174 32 134
PLAVIX 173 169 33 42
RANITIDINE HCL 172 142 34 33
LOVASTATIN 161 135 35 26
AZITHROMYCIN 151 123 36 44
MELOXICAM 151 109 36 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 150 135 38 19
NEXIUM 148 98 39 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 147 117 40 94
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 126 41 32
JANTOVEN 145 144 42 146
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 139 131 43 98
ALLOPURINOL 134 113 44 30
CALCITONIN-SALMON 134 134 44 280
RISPERIDONE 130 118 46 82
TRAMADOL HCL 120 106 47 25
BUSPIRONE HCL 119 103 48 114
FAMOTIDINE 118 100 49 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 116 112 50 66
FLUOXETINE HCL 110 100 51 60
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 109 95 52 103
INSULIN SYRINGE 108 75 53 77
LEVOFLOXACIN 107 90 54 79
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 73 R 55 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 76 56 64
DIGOXIN 99 92 57 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 95 58 41
LEVETIRACETAM 93 85 59 125
AMIODARONE HCL 91 91 60 188
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 87 72 61 135
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 74 61 15
PAROXETINE HCL 87 72 61 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 86 85 64 128
PROPRANOLOL HCL 83 66 65 123
EXELON 82 82 66 119
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 82 66 118
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 81 70 68 221
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 80 80 69 198
CEPHALEXIN 80 70 69 111
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 78 71 17
PROAIR HFA 78 56 71 48
BUMETANIDE 77 60 73 152
NITROFURANTOIN 75 73 74 231
CRESTOR 72 66 75 28
GEMFIBROZIL 72 64 75 88
VENLAFAXINE HCL 72 72 75 201
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 67 78 99
GLIPIZIDE 69 56 79 84
ZETIA 68 36 80 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 56 80 34
FENTANYL 68 61 S2 80 100
DETROL LA 68 64 80 275
VESICARE 66 65 84 186
LACTULOSE 66 62 84 132
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 39 86 172
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 61 87 29
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 64 55 87 97
SPIRIVA 62 53 89 49
HYDROXYZINE HCL 62 36 R 89 168
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 47 91 65
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 60 53 92 356
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 58 58 93 120
LATANOPROST 58 58 93 314
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 36 R 95 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 47 96 62
GALANTAMINE HBR 55 55 96 243
NYSTATIN 55 48 96 147
LEXAPRO 52 48 99 218
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 46 99 130
CEFTRIAXONE 52 52 99 197
SINGULAIR 51 43 102 78
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 29 102 182
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 Aug. 1, 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.