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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,164Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 272 out of 1121

$597K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 293 out of 1121

228 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

11% of this provider’s 228 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 228 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,176 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 470 464 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 455 396 S3 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 376 3 5
NAMENDA 371 371 4 53
OMEPRAZOLE 319 309 5 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 292 286 6 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 285 270 7 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 247 226 8 9
SIMVASTATIN 244 230 9 1
LISINOPRIL 243 202 10 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 206 11 2
TRAZODONE HCL 213 199 12 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 184 166 13 94
GABAPENTIN 179 173 14 13
RANITIDINE HCL 169 166 15 33
RISPERIDONE 168 161 16 82
MIRTAZAPINE 149 142 17 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 143 128 18 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 141 19 11
BUSPIRONE HCL 135 135 20 114
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 111 21 29
CARVEDILOL 123 115 22 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 113 23 75
SERTRALINE HCL 115 97 24 21
GLYBURIDE 108 108 R 25 51
PAROXETINE HCL 98 97 26 58
NOVOLIN 70-30 94 94 27 235
CLONIDINE HCL 90 87 28 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 74 29 79
TRAMADOL HCL 86 83 29 25
LYRICA 85 41 31 76
CLOPIDOGREL 84 78 32 27
ATENOLOL 78 59 33 16
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 52 34 66
PREDNISONE 76 67 35 43
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 76 72 35 160
DIGOXIN 71 71 37 59
LEVETIRACETAM 68 51 38 125
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 51 39 70
PLAVIX 66 63 40 42
MEGESTROL ACETATE 66 66 R 40 185
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 63 42 118
GALANTAMINE HBR 63 63 43 243
DIOVAN 63 63 43 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 57 54 45 15
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 57 45 198
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 48 R 47 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 52 47 62
NEXIUM 54 50 49 24
CYMBALTA 53 44 50 50
METFORMIN HCL 52 50 51 8
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 52 51 182
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 36 53 34
PREMARIN 50 47 R 54 96
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. 29, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.