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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,937Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 1121

$616K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 275 out of 1121

726 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 726 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 16,302 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$34 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,140 1,047 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 764 743 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 725 613 3 8
LISINOPRIL 588 545 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 527 496 5 7
ATENOLOL 506 496 6 16
OMEPRAZOLE 477 417 7 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 432 372 S3 8 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 420 394 9 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 392 356 10 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 361 343 11 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 335 302 12 19
MELOXICAM 313 276 13 22
LOVASTATIN 280 265 14 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 271 227 15 34
ALLOPURINOL 260 247 16 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 246 17 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 244 212 18 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 242 220 19 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 239 208 20 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220 203 21 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 212 188 22 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 193 23 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 211 208 23 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 182 25 15
SERTRALINE HCL 183 161 26 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 152 27 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 127 28 46
PREDNISONE 151 136 29 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 151 29 35
CLOPIDOGREL 147 140 31 27
AZITHROMYCIN 141 126 32 44
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 137 131 33 180
SYNTHROID 125 115 34 55
GLYBURIDE 124 98 R 35 51
PLAVIX 119 114 36 42
DIOVAN HCT 117 115 37 90
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 100 38 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 98 R 39 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 102 40 62
HUMULIN 70-30 101 74 41 244
INDAPAMIDE 99 95 42 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 96 83 43 113
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 84 44 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 88 45 14
CARVEDILOL 90 88 46 20
GABAPENTIN 86 86 47 13
CEFUROXIME 83 74 48 163
NEXIUM 82 66 49 24
MECLIZINE HCL 82 81 49 115
DIOVAN 77 75 51 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 59 52 60
NAMENDA 75 75 53 53
FENOFIBRATE 74 57 54 71
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 56 55 109
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 62 56 41
TRAMADOL HCL 70 69 57 25
KLOR-CON 10 70 70 57 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 69 59 23
PAROXETINE HCL 69 51 59 58
OXAPROZIN 68 55 61 353
DIGOXIN 68 68 61 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 61 63 64
LYRICA 67 45 63 76
TERAZOSIN HCL 66 63 65 130
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 66 60 65 97
TRAZODONE HCL 66 55 65 40
LANTUS 65 48 68 52
VENTOLIN HFA 61 59 69 92
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 46 70 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 39 70 54
CELEBREX 57 55 72 104
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 55 73 102
RANITIDINE HCL 54 46 74 33
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 Aug. 6, 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.