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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,386Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 99 out of 1121

$845K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 124 out of 1121

579 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

8% of this provider’s 579 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 579 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 13,313 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,112 707 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 701 612 2 4
LOVASTATIN 695 565 3 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 594 526 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 532 427 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 418 319 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 394 327 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 347 251 8 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 342 280 9 18
METFORMIN HCL 340 278 10 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312 291 11 17
CARVEDILOL 306 266 12 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 278 166 13 12
OMEPRAZOLE 269 212 14 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 261 223 15 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 225 219 16 35
ATENOLOL 210 156 17 16
TRAMADOL HCL 196 176 18 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 194 148 19 75
SERTRALINE HCL 185 160 20 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 184 137 21 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173 156 22 37
GLYBURIDE 164 125 R 23 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 141 24 15
GABAPENTIN 160 107 25 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 155 137 26 14
PROMETHAZINE HCL 151 106 R 27 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 113 28 19
NAMENDA 148 148 28 53
TRAZODONE HCL 139 87 30 40
VENTOLIN HFA 139 100 30 92
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 59 S2 32 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 118 33 32
CLOPIDOGREL 130 121 34 27
EXELON 126 115 35 119
FAMOTIDINE 116 78 36 63
NIFEDIPINE ER 115 104 37 102
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 95 38 31
LANTUS 113 77 39 52
TIZANIDINE HCL 110 57 40 124
RISPERIDONE 110 107 40 82
DIOVAN 107 104 42 45
OLANZAPINE 106 93 43 181
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 102 76 44 98
DIGOXIN 95 65 45 59
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 82 46 38
PREDNISONE 94 86 46 43
ALLOPURINOL 91 91 48 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 81 48 94
PLAVIX 87 86 50 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 69 51 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 53 52 128
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 77 53 118
NOVOLIN R 72 19 54 174
SYMBICORT 71 50 55 148
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 45 56 77
ACTOS 70 53 56 133
PERMETHRIN 68 56 58 438
SEROQUEL 65 50 59 134
LYRICA 64 46 60 76
PAROXETINE HCL 63 49 61 58
CYMBALTA 62 62 62 50
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 27 63 135
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 20 64 10
NEXIUM 57 43 64 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 51 64 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 44 67 23
KLOR-CON 10 56 41 67 69
PREMARIN 55 34 R 69 96
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 43 69 65
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 25 S2 71 122
VESICARE 53 53 72 186
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 33 72 201
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 34 72 60
RANITIDINE HCL 52 27 75 33
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 16 76 160
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 Feb. 6, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.