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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,749Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 560 out of 1121

$429K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 495 out of 1121

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

7% of this provider’s 329 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 5,805 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
LISINOPRIL 303 243 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 236 229 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 206 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 208 182 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 130 5 15
OMEPRAZOLE 147 106 6 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 147 144 6 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 129 8 10
ATENOLOL 109 98 9 16
FUROSEMIDE 103 79 10 7
METFORMIN HCL ER 102 77 11 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 102 80 11 11
GABAPENTIN 94 84 13 13
NEXIUM 90 77 14 24
MELOXICAM 89 86 15 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 87 16 23
CRESTOR 84 78 17 28
DIOVAN 83 83 18 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 76 18 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79 79 20 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 79 54 20 113
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 70 22 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 65 23 94
DILTIAZEM ER 69 69 24 105
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 67 R 25 61
PREMARIN 67 33 R 26 96
METFORMIN HCL 67 40 26 8
AZITHROMYCIN 65 52 28 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 54 29 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 60 42 30 9
CELEBREX 54 54 31 104
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 50 S3 32 3
JANUVIA 52 39 32 81
MECLIZINE HCL 50 38 34 115
SERTRALINE HCL 50 36 34 21
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 May 3, 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.