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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,888Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 354 out of 1121

$423K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 498 out of 1121

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

15% of this provider’s 424 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 8,977 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

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 407 389 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 376 344 2 2
LOVASTATIN 341 323 3 26
CARVEDILOL 329 316 4 20
CHLORTHALIDONE 328 283 5 149
OMEPRAZOLE 321 278 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 311 285 7 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 298 267 S3 8 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 262 210 9 15
FUROSEMIDE 232 227 10 7
SPIRONOLACTONE 226 211 11 54
ATENOLOL 198 185 12 16
METFORMIN HCL 191 162 13 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 190 173 14 17
QUINAPRIL HCL 168 148 15 127
LISINOPRIL 164 161 16 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 161 17 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 124 18 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 117 19 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 124 104 20 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 121 120 21 34
ALLOPURINOL 115 106 22 30
AZITHROMYCIN 108 91 23 44
GABAPENTIN 98 93 24 13
SERTRALINE HCL 92 88 25 21
DIOVAN 90 89 26 45
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 84 67 27 112
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 80 28 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 73 29 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 30 46
ESTRADIOL 75 58 R 30 95
ZETIA 74 74 32 80
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 67 32 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 63 34 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 67 35 70
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 55 36 109
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 57 37 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 58 38 41
PREDNISONE 57 57 39 43
SYNTHROID 55 55 40 55
SINGULAIR 55 55 40 78
FAMOTIDINE 54 54 42 63
PREMARIN 53 52 R 43 96
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 41 43 64
DOXEPIN HCL 51 51 45 191
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 May 5, 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.