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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,248Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 1121

$764K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 165 out of 1121

792 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%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

12% of this provider’s 792 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 792 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 11,322 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

$42 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,145 528 S3 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 659 427 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 650 506 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 574 435 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 473 286 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 458 299 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 431 288 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 430 324 8 9
LISINOPRIL 371 240 9 4
MELOXICAM 345 229 10 22
ATENOLOL 314 240 11 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 303 152 12 19
CARISOPRODOL 296 42 R 13 72
BENAZEPRIL HCL 290 212 14 41
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 289 175 15 97
AZITHROMYCIN 240 154 16 44
GABAPENTIN 224 112 17 13
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 216 85 S2 18 86
NEXIUM 202 61 19 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 143 20 11
SERTRALINE HCL 192 71 21 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 190 120 R 22 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 158 23 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 173 139 24 12
LOVASTATIN 165 127 25 26
GLYBURIDE 158 108 R 26 51
PREDNISONE 149 89 27 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 148 127 28 14
CLOPIDOGREL 146 109 29 27
OXYCODONE HCL 142 37 S2 30 68
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 136 77 31 101
TRAMADOL HCL 134 87 32 25
TRAZODONE HCL 130 85 33 40
PROMETHAZINE HCL 128 34 R 34 67
RANITIDINE HCL 122 84 35 33
VERAPAMIL ER 121 61 36 89
PLAVIX 121 98 36 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 89 38 32
ENDOCET 115 39 S2 39 107
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 83 40 29
LYRICA 112 55 40 76
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 24 R 40 83
NABUMETONE 106 45 43 145
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 106 78 43 65
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 105 36 S2 45 87
QUINAPRIL HCL 104 84 46 127
RAMIPRIL 102 76 47 74
VENTOLIN HFA 94 56 48 92
SPIRIVA 91 61 49 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 82 50 62
ROPINIROLE HCL 86 74 51 91
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 84 50 52 108
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 68 53 31
PREMARIN 83 47 R 53 96
IBUPROFEN 80 29 55 110
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 38 55 15
CEPHALEXIN 79 46 57 111
CLONIDINE HCL 79 40 57 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 60 59 57
NAMENDA 76 56 60 53
DIGOXIN 75 48 61 59
GLIPIZIDE 73 60 62 84
ALLOPURINOL 73 58 62 30
ESTRADIOL 73 34 R 62 95
FAMOTIDINE 72 49 65 63
VESICARE 72 56 65 186
PROAIR HFA 71 29 67 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 44 68 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 33 69 17
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 50 70 79
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 42 70 103
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 42 72 38
FLUCONAZOLE 64 33 72 156
MECLIZINE HCL 63 50 74 115
CYMBALTA 62 46 75 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 30 75 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 61 37 77 18
TRICOR 60 49 78 126
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 49 78 37
CAPTOPRIL 59 36 80 293
LEVETIRACETAM 58 26 81 125
DILTIAZEM ER 58 33 81 105
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 45 81 93
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 43 84 35
CARVEDILOL 56 48 84 20
KLOR-CON M20 55 45 86 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 38 87 99
COMBIVENT 53 28 87 129
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 11 89 113
PRIMIDONE 51 25 90 217
TIZANIDINE HCL 50 26 91 124
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.