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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,500Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 1121

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 1121

646 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

12% of this provider’s 646 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 646 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 15,092 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 845 475 S3 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 797 562 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 689 466 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 656 476 4 7
PROAIR HFA 590 311 5 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 500 367 6 12
LISINOPRIL 491 360 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 408 267 8 8
NEXIUM 397 214 9 24
ROPINIROLE HCL 397 257 9 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 389 314 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 383 289 12 9
SIMVASTATIN 346 273 13 1
MELOXICAM 335 222 14 22
VENTOLIN HFA 313 163 15 92
ATENOLOL 299 193 16 16
GABAPENTIN 296 144 17 13
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 159 S2 18 86
BENAZEPRIL HCL 277 189 19 41
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 272 220 20 175
SPIRIVA 269 177 21 49
SINGULAIR 264 189 22 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 263 188 23 64
AZITHROMYCIN 257 156 24 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 255 182 25 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 152 26 15
LEVOFLOXACIN 245 192 27 79
MIRTAZAPINE 237 162 28 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 151 29 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 217 164 30 14
CLOPIDOGREL 216 191 31 27
JANUVIA 199 86 32 81
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 197 139 33 144
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 194 116 34 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 192 121 35 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 186 148 36 11
RANITIDINE HCL 185 104 37 33
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 105 38 153
PROMETHAZINE HCL 174 55 R 39 67
CARVEDILOL 168 118 40 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 158 112 41 37
LOVASTATIN 157 116 42 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 156 135 43 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 151 110 44 19
LYRICA 146 41 45 76
PREDNISONE 141 121 46 43
SERTRALINE HCL 141 92 46 21
SYMBICORT 140 72 48 148
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 130 49 35
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 134 74 R 50 173
IBUPROFEN 134 40 50 110
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 133 71 52 158
ZETIA 130 90 53 80
PLAVIX 129 108 54 42
CYMBALTA 129 53 54 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 124 103 56 99
GLIPIZIDE XL 122 85 57 256
CLONIDINE HCL 120 66 58 39
CRESTOR 118 87 59 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 117 80 60 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 117 63 60 65
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 105 90 62 70
TRAMADOL HCL 105 64 62 25
GLIPIZIDE ER 105 53 62 142
NASONEX 96 31 65 260
DEXILANT 95 49 66 136
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 94 40 R 67 83
TRAZODONE HCL 94 91 67 40
LANTUS 94 47 67 52
RAMIPRIL 93 70 70 74
DOXEPIN HCL 92 62 71 191
METHOCARBAMOL 90 28 R 72 159
CELEBREX 90 50 72 104
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 31 74 77
VERAPAMIL ER 86 48 75 89
SYNTHROID 86 43 75 55
GEMFIBROZIL 84 69 77 88
DIOVAN HCT 84 54 77 90
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 84 53 77 112
DIOVAN 83 70 80 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 56 80 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 46 82 29
GLIPIZIDE 79 71 83 84
MECLIZINE HCL 79 52 83 115
DIGOXIN 76 54 85 59
COMBIVENT 76 51 85 129
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 47 85 101
ALLOPURINOL 72 52 88 30
PEN NEEDLE 67 25 89 137
VENLAFAXINE HCL 64 42 90 201
CEPHALEXIN 62 38 91 111
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 45 92 118
BUPROPION XL 61 26 92 266
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 39 94 97
TRICOR 59 32 95 126
BYSTOLIC 57 45 96 121
GLYBURIDE 57 49 R 96 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 27 98 108
NITROSTAT 55 42 99 219
HYDROXYZINE HCL 55 25 R 99 168
PRADAXA 54 54 101 223
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 40 102 36
NAMENDA 52 52 103 53
LANSOPRAZOLE 52 18 103 162
ENABLEX 51 37 105 278
KLOR-CON 10 51 39 105 69
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 Oct. 16, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.