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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,977Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 168 out of 1121

$594K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 297 out of 1121

692 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

2% of this provider’s 692 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 692 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 11,573 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 757 670 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 589 500 2 1
ATENOLOL 552 491 3 16
LISINOPRIL 508 431 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 503 385 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 409 311 S3 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 407 369 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 403 342 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 370 270 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 320 297 10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 272 267 11 10
GLYBURIDE 248 221 R 12 51
PAROXETINE HCL 164 143 13 58
LOVASTATIN 159 130 14 26
LANTUS 158 88 15 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 151 146 16 18
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 148 125 R 17 61
KLOR-CON 10 146 140 18 69
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 93 19 11
SERTRALINE HCL 136 83 20 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 134 129 21 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 128 114 22 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 99 23 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 117 24 17
ALLOPURINOL 124 124 25 30
SYNTHROID 121 120 26 55
NAPROXEN 116 99 27 116
GABAPENTIN 115 85 28 13
CLONIDINE HCL 106 89 29 39
NEXIUM 106 77 29 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 101 29 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 101 32 19
TRAZODONE HCL 101 92 33 40
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 101 87 33 103
BENAZEPRIL HCL 100 95 35 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 72 35 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 99 79 37 128
INSULIN SYRINGE 98 46 38 77
GEMFIBROZIL 89 52 39 88
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 88 40 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 56 41 31
PREDNISONE 82 54 42 43
PLAVIX 80 70 43 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 65 44 93
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 78 45 99
CLOPIDOGREL 76 65 46 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 69 46 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 72 48 46
CARVEDILOL 75 63 48 20
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 59 50 123
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 72 59 50 101
VERAPAMIL ER 70 69 52 89
LIPITOR 68 61 53 106
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 41 R 53 67
ESTRADIOL 67 45 R 55 95
CRESTOR 66 66 56 28
VENTOLIN HFA 62 14 57 92
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 48 58 38
PROAIR HFA 60 29 59 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 51 59 65
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 59 42 61 221
ZETIA 58 58 62 80
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 30 63 91
AMOXICILLIN 54 49 63 140
RANITIDINE HCL 50 50 65 33
DIOVAN 50 43 65 45
PREMARIN 50 36 R 65 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 July 8, 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.