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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,883Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 21

$909K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 21

356 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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 356 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 356 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,525 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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 $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 636 547 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 582 515 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 498 424 S3 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 449 428 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 427 358 5 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 403 358 6 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 390 367 7 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 375 337 8 11
LISINOPRIL 374 312 9 5
NAMENDA 373 373 10 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 354 317 11 8
OMEPRAZOLE 332 307 12 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 312 274 13 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293 237 14 6
TRAMADOL HCL 243 208 15 31
CLOPIDOGREL 241 221 16 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 231 188 17 30
RISPERIDONE 220 178 18 21
LANTUS 212 166 19 26
PLAVIX 202 184 20 39
SERTRALINE HCL 181 172 21 22
CARVEDILOL 178 145 22 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 163 153 23 24
LEVETIRACETAM 160 136 24 37
CLONIDINE HCL 159 146 25 49
MIRTAZAPINE 158 158 26 16
GABAPENTIN 158 116 26 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 158 145 26 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 156 136 29 52
CEPHALEXIN 155 147 30 97
CYMBALTA 155 142 30 20
RANITIDINE HCL 150 122 32 32
ALLOPURINOL 148 125 33 46
NOVOLIN R 141 97 34 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 131 35 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 107 36 35
DIGOXIN 120 120 37 53
DIOVAN 115 100 38 45
CRESTOR 112 111 39 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 107 91 40 34
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 107 104 40 28
SPIRIVA 106 106 42 51
TRILIPIX 105 81 43 139
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 84 44 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 103 99 44 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 92 46 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 70 47 27
LEXAPRO 92 88 48 111
NEXIUM 90 70 49 29
LYRICA 87 79 50 99
TRAZODONE HCL 86 56 51 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 73 51 54
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 71 53 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 81 54 15
PAROXETINE HCL 83 78 54 81
RAMIPRIL 82 81 56 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 68 57 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 64 R 58 65
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 33 59 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 69 60 86
LACTULOSE 69 69 61 33
JANUVIA 68 67 62 89
BUMETANIDE 68 48 62 103
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 68 40 R 62 115
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 67 67 65 189
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 66 40 66 67
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 53 66 159
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 66 66 66 60
MELOXICAM 65 51 69 89
PREDNISONE 65 62 69 50
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 61 S2 71 40
AZITHROMYCIN 62 58 72 73
NITROFURANTOIN 61 56 73 113
AMIODARONE HCL 61 61 73 106
MUPIROCIN 59 45 75 200
FAMOTIDINE 59 47 75 43
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 32 77 119
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 57 78 85
LEVEMIR 56 36 79 107
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 56 34 79 207
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 79 118
MEGESTROL ACETATE 56 56 R 79 146
KLOR-CON 10 55 44 83 72
BUDESONIDE 55 55 83 211
FENTANYL 55 52 S2 83 76
VERAPAMIL ER 55 55 83 120
ATENOLOL 54 54 87 25
GLYBURIDE 54 50 R 87 75
SEROQUEL 54 46 87 80
AMOXICILLIN 50 45 90 102
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 Sept. 9, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.