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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,765Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 1121

$834K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 1121

717 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

6% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 717 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 12,627 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
OMEPRAZOLE 651 512 1 6
LISINOPRIL 573 414 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 564 509 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 534 383 S3 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 468 402 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 425 378 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 420 312 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 342 296 8 1
GABAPENTIN 314 181 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 300 255 10 9
ATENOLOL 275 258 11 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 263 220 12 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 261 168 13 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 258 193 14 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 224 141 15 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 184 15 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 219 189 17 19
CRESTOR 194 127 18 28
MELOXICAM 172 144 19 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 148 19 15
TRAMADOL HCL 167 145 21 25
SERTRALINE HCL 160 127 22 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 145 23 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 141 109 24 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 140 131 25 37
DIOVAN 139 131 26 45
CARVEDILOL 134 109 27 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 131 113 28 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 112 29 23
CYMBALTA 128 83 30 50
PAROXETINE HCL 124 117 31 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 111 32 31
NEXIUM 120 113 33 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 114 34 35
PROAIR HFA 111 94 35 48
SYNTHROID 104 77 36 55
SPIRIVA 104 64 36 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 77 38 62
RANITIDINE HCL 98 66 39 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 66 40 32
CLOPIDOGREL 97 77 40 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 97 40 41
ALLOPURINOL 96 87 43 30
LOVASTATIN 96 92 43 26
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 64 45 109
GEMFIBROZIL 88 65 46 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 81 46 54
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 71 48 60
GLIPIZIDE 78 69 49 84
PLAVIX 75 59 50 42
FENOFIBRATE 75 56 50 71
TRICOR 71 61 52 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 58 53 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 48 54 91
KLOR-CON M20 67 63 55 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 65 55 46
PREDNISONE 65 58 57 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 50 57 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 48 59 94
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 63 59 113
DIGOXIN 61 58 61 59
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 51 62 34
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 38 63 123
DIOVAN HCT 58 50 64 90
NAPROXEN 56 43 65 116
CEFDINIR 55 44 66 183
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 32 67 99
PEN NEEDLE 53 32 67 137
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 67 73
RAMIPRIL 53 52 67 74
LUNESTA 51 39 71 288
PREMARIN 51 42 R 71 96
CELEBREX 50 28 73 104
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. 4, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.