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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,003Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 1121

$697K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 217 out of 1121

578 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

21% of this provider’s 578 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 13,737 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

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 953 771 1 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 718 620 2 14
SIMVASTATIN 632 503 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 597 491 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 584 427 5 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 562 466 6 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 469 357 7 65
ATENOLOL 436 318 8 16
MELOXICAM 397 342 9 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 361 309 10 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 357 277 11 37
CLONIDINE HCL 343 260 12 39
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 340 267 R 13 173
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 316 257 14 180
GLIMEPIRIDE 301 240 15 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 292 191 S3 16 3
LISINOPRIL 283 224 17 4
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 256 195 18 112
CARVEDILOL 247 195 19 20
GABAPENTIN 225 182 20 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 217 169 21 11
KLOR-CON 10 181 159 22 69
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 165 22 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 159 24 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 178 151 25 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 104 26 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 160 135 27 2
METFORMIN HCL 158 144 28 8
PROAIR HFA 158 104 28 48
ALLOPURINOL 148 121 30 30
BYSTOLIC 145 120 31 121
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 109 32 194
TERAZOSIN HCL 139 127 33 130
CLOPIDOGREL 135 106 34 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 106 35 15
PLAVIX 125 110 36 42
RANITIDINE HCL 125 80 36 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 122 109 38 32
EXFORGE HCT 122 100 38 310
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 114 81 40 97
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 107 68 S3 41 161
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 101 65 42 38
NIFEDIPINE ER 98 91 43 102
EXFORGE 95 63 44 190
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 62 45 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 90 75 46 9
DIGOXIN 88 71 47 59
CRESTOR 88 40 47 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 41 47 54
NEXIUM 87 64 50 24
VERAPAMIL ER 87 68 50 89
AZITHROMYCIN 86 54 52 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 80 53 62
VENTOLIN HFA 76 52 54 92
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 65 55 70
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 46 56 77
LANTUS 73 51 57 52
DEXILANT 72 37 58 136
SPIRIVA 71 51 59 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 70 60 35
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 69 45 61 101
DIOVAN HCT 68 35 62 90
FINASTERIDE 68 56 62 117
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 46 62 57
LABETALOL HCL 68 50 62 164
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 42 66 17
BENICAR HCT 67 53 66 209
SINGLE USE SWAB 66 20 68 302
SINGULAIR 64 51 69 78
GLYBURIDE 62 62 R 70 51
AVODART 62 62 70 249
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 46 72 128
HUMULIN 70-30 55 49 73 244
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 44 R 74 61
KLOR-CON M20 52 42 75 85
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 40 76 10
NAPROXEN 51 16 76 116
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 35 R 78 83
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 July 8, 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.