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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,767Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 244 out of 1121

$571K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 321 out of 1121

279 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 279 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 279 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 6,551 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 485 265 S3 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 402 236 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 375 212 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 313 180 4 1
LISINOPRIL 263 190 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 248 181 6 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 219 113 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 210 120 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 109 9 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 91 10 5
NAMENDA 181 177 11 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 76 12 15
METHOCARBAMOL 157 68 R 13 159
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 154 87 14 19
LYRICA 150 20 15 76
LOVASTATIN 146 76 16 26
GABAPENTIN 138 47 17 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 112 18 11
MELOXICAM 130 80 19 22
GLYBURIDE 126 89 R 20 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 98 21 32
MIRTAZAPINE 116 97 22 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 116 78 22 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 41 24 31
FENOFIBRATE 109 24 25 71
PROAIR HFA 108 41 26 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 106 64 27 57
CLOPIDOGREL 102 73 28 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 84 29 35
TRAMADOL HCL 94 33 30 25
CARVEDILOL 92 59 31 20
DEXILANT 91 20 32 136
RANITIDINE HCL 86 54 33 33
PREMARIN 85 22 R 34 96
PREDNISONE 84 55 35 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 39 36 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 35 37 60
PLAVIX 81 61 37 42
NEXIUM 79 33 39 24
RISPERIDONE 77 68 40 82
KLOR-CON M20 76 32 41 85
ALLOPURINOL 75 28 42 30
AZITHROMYCIN 74 38 43 44
CARBAMAZEPINE 74 29 43 203
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 35 43 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 29 R 46 83
LABETALOL HCL 72 42 47 164
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 69 45 48 182
CYMBALTA 69 0 48 50
MEGESTROL ACETATE 67 65 R 50 185
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 67 24 50 14
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 47 52 99
PROMETHAZINE HCL 63 50 R 53 67
CLONIDINE HCL 63 0 53 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 29 53 62
AMIODARONE HCL 62 51 56 188
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 27 57 34
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 60 32 58 175
VERAPAMIL ER 59 37 59 89
SINGULAIR 59 31 59 78
TIZANIDINE HCL 54 25 61 124
TRICOR 54 15 61 126
DIGOXIN 53 31 63 59
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 31 S2 64 122
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 April 14, 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.