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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,145Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 273 out of 1121

$699K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 215 out of 1121

305 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

10% of this provider’s 305 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 305 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 10,154 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 386 354 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 291 259 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 290 270 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 281 275 4 1
LISINOPRIL 255 232 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 246 209 S3 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 240 240 7 35
FUROSEMIDE 233 226 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 200 191 9 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 168 10 10
SERTRALINE HCL 185 170 11 21
NAMENDA 175 175 12 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 169 153 13 98
EXELON 163 163 14 119
CITALOPRAM HBR 145 142 15 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143 136 16 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 136 136 17 70
TRAMADOL HCL 133 126 18 25
MIRTAZAPINE 124 121 19 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 117 110 20 94
RISPERIDONE 116 116 21 82
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 111 22 11
CARVEDILOL 110 93 23 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 103 24 19
METFORMIN HCL 108 79 25 8
LANTUS 108 107 25 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 83 27 29
LACTULOSE 99 99 28 132
HYDRALAZINE HCL 98 92 29 66
COUMADIN 96 96 30 196
FENTANYL 96 96 S2 30 100
GABAPENTIN 96 66 30 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 90 90 33 75
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 90 82 33 198
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 74 35 64
GLIMEPIRIDE 85 75 35 34
ATENOLOL 84 80 37 16
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 84 79 R 37 376
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 78 39 15
PREDNISONE 81 76 40 43
MELOXICAM 80 71 41 22
NOVOLOG 80 80 41 139
PAROXETINE HCL 78 77 43 58
RANITIDINE HCL 74 66 44 33
SPIRIVA 74 55 44 49
OXYCODONE HCL 73 58 S2 46 68
LEVEMIR 71 53 47 157
AZITHROMYCIN 70 53 48 44
CLOPIDOGREL 70 69 48 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 67 50 17
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 65 S2 51 122
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 61 52 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 64 52 37
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 62 62 54 271
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 55 54 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 53 56 46
BUMETANIDE 60 59 57 152
CYMBALTA 57 39 58 50
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 55 55 S3 59 161
NEXIUM 55 42 59 24
PROAIR HFA 55 40 59 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 50 62 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 48 63 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 47 63 31
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 51 65 113
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 46 66 99
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.