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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,463Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 597 out of 1383

$389K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 517 out of 1383

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,085 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 225 148 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 161 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 97 S3 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 185 128 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 178 93 5 5
LOVASTATIN 165 117 6 22
FUROSEMIDE 154 127 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 140 96 8 6
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 121 18 S2 9 77
LANTUS 106 81 10 50
OXYCODONE HCL 104 21 S2 11 62
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104 65 11 9
SIMVASTATIN 99 50 13 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 95 85 14 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 92 76 15 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 65 16 10
GABAPENTIN 83 25 17 11
SERTRALINE HCL 82 62 18 21
CARVEDILOL 78 60 19 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 46 20 14
FENTANYL 70 21 S2 20 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 69 52 22 15
TRAZODONE HCL 69 29 22 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 41 24 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 22 25 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 45 26 32
CLONIDINE HCL 55 41 27 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 42 28 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 23 S2 29 107
PROAIR HFA 50 17 30 42
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 April 22, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.