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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 1121

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 59 out of 1121

750 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

7% of this provider’s 750 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 750 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,057 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 870 682 S3 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 666 515 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 630 615 3 5
GABAPENTIN 499 431 4 13
FUROSEMIDE 490 420 5 7
LISINOPRIL 487 416 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 477 407 7 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 472 374 8 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 447 373 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 438 398 10 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 432 382 11 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 343 290 12 17
METFORMIN HCL 337 242 13 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 323 298 14 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 310 264 15 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 281 276 16 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 262 190 17 19
GLIPIZIDE 252 199 18 84
MIRTAZAPINE 249 219 19 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 245 178 20 36
TRAMADOL HCL 228 205 21 25
ATENOLOL 219 194 22 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 217 195 23 32
CLOPIDOGREL 204 182 24 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 198 162 25 29
LOVASTATIN 189 154 26 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 128 27 14
DIGOXIN 168 144 28 59
NAMENDA 166 166 29 53
CARVEDILOL 159 143 30 20
CYMBALTA 152 117 31 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 151 149 32 75
MELOXICAM 151 128 32 22
TRAZODONE HCL 149 107 34 40
SYMBICORT 143 106 35 148
SERTRALINE HCL 141 121 36 21
SPIRIVA 138 116 37 49
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 136 118 38 97
AZITHROMYCIN 135 113 39 44
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 133 76 40 109
HYDRALAZINE HCL 133 107 40 66
VENTOLIN HFA 131 108 42 92
PLAVIX 127 113 43 42
CARISOPRODOL 127 51 R 43 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 124 103 45 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 120 46 10
VERAPAMIL ER 121 109 47 89
DIOVAN 119 78 48 45
BENAZEPRIL HCL 116 108 49 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 93 50 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 88 51 64
LYRICA 105 103 52 76
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 101 84 53 120
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 80 54 37
CEPHALEXIN 98 90 55 111
CLONIDINE HCL 96 85 56 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 90 57 23
FAMOTIDINE 90 75 58 63
PREDNISONE 89 70 59 43
FENTANYL 87 53 S2 60 100
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 87 80 60 118
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 87 62 60 269
CRESTOR 86 68 63 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 75 64 93
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 74 65 99
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 67 65 101
PROAIR HFA 77 43 67 48
NEXIUM 77 55 67 24
MECLIZINE HCL 76 64 69 115
RAMIPRIL 75 67 70 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 67 71 62
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 71 71 72 160
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 56 73 113
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 64 74 73
EXELON 67 67 75 119
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 54 76 108
ALLOPURINOL 65 63 77 30
RISPERIDONE 65 55 77 82
HUMALOG 63 45 79 150
LANTUS 62 31 80 52
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 23 R 81 67
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 60 40 82 98
COMBIVENT 60 34 82 129
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 27 84 60
SEROQUEL 58 58 85 134
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 47 S2 86 86
HUMULIN 70-30 56 44 87 244
CEFDINIR 56 42 87 183
ARICEPT 55 52 89 463
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 48 89 103
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 45 89 38
NYSTATIN 55 42 89 147
KLOR-CON 10 54 35 93 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 29 R 94 83
AVODART 52 52 94 249
PRIMIDONE 51 51 96 217
AGGRENOX 50 38 97 177
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 50 R 97 61
OXYCODONE HCL 50 50 S2 97 68
LACTULOSE 50 24 97 132
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 37 97 57
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. 7, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.