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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,458Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1383

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 1383

713 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

7% of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 29,379 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,198 1,017 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,157 981 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,145 987 S3 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 979 852 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 936 872 5 13
FUROSEMIDE 896 793 6 7
LISINOPRIL 848 811 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 795 666 8 6
MIRTAZAPINE 686 678 9 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 649 580 10 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 635 516 11 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 577 536 12 35
METFORMIN HCL 576 476 13 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 567 516 14 70
TRAZODONE HCL 563 511 15 36
SERTRALINE HCL 529 496 16 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 514 467 17 12
NAMENDA 474 434 18 49
CITALOPRAM HBR 472 429 19 15
RISPERIDONE 438 389 20 71
GABAPENTIN 435 368 21 11
TRAMADOL HCL 378 350 22 25
CLOPIDOGREL 341 282 23 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 318 280 24 10
DIGOXIN 315 315 25 59
GLIMEPIRIDE 308 296 26 31
CARVEDILOL 300 243 27 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 290 236 28 14
ATENOLOL 279 273 29 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 277 246 30 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 277 254 30 30
KLOR-CON M10 273 227 32 179
OLANZAPINE 261 256 33 164
ALLOPURINOL 251 241 34 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242 220 35 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 236 127 36 200
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 228 114 37 232
PAROXETINE HCL 225 210 38 55
FAMOTIDINE 221 216 39 61
PLAVIX 214 186 40 43
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 206 124 R 41 197
CLONIDINE HCL 201 193 42 44
TORSEMIDE 193 162 43 183
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 170 44 60
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 186 152 45 106
CRESTOR 166 154 46 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 160 47 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 163 152 S2 48 107
RANITIDINE HCL 162 115 49 19
AZITHROMYCIN 155 138 50 41
SEROQUEL 155 146 50 130
MELOXICAM 154 148 52 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 121 52 32
CYMBALTA 149 105 54 53
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 145 124 55 89
TERAZOSIN HCL 139 139 56 111
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 138 119 57 64
DILTIAZEM HCL 138 131 57 203
LEVOFLOXACIN 134 119 59 88
METFORMIN HCL ER 133 132 60 47
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 120 107 61 124
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 117 83 62 115
DILTIAZEM ER 117 101 62 110
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 115 64 67
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 111 96 65 137
NEXIUM 109 87 66 26
CEPHALEXIN 108 91 67 87
BENAZEPRIL HCL 107 103 68 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 107 92 68 68
JANUVIA 105 100 70 85
PRADAXA 99 99 71 233
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 98 71 108
CEFTRIAXONE 91 82 73 175
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 80 73 54
LEVETIRACETAM 90 50 75 134
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 78 75 66
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 87 80 77 193
SUCRALFATE 87 87 77 190
BUPROPION HCL 87 84 77 290
BENICAR 86 63 80 247
HALOPERIDOL 86 52 80 195
GLYBURIDE 86 57 R 80 46
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 86 75 80 177
SPIRIVA 85 82 84 45
PREDNISONE 84 79 85 40
TRICOR 83 66 86 125
FENOFIBRATE 81 67 87 65
PROPRANOLOL HCL 78 43 88 129
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 72 89 102
ZETIA 76 66 90 101
SEROQUEL XR 75 60 91 250
FENTANYL 73 72 S2 92 92
RIVASTIGMINE 72 69 93 239
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 71 94 109
DIOVAN 70 70 95 58
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 70 40 R 95 400
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 67 95 39
CELEBREX 69 49 98 131
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 50 98 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL 68 32 100 192
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 58 101 173
GEODON 66 52 102 301
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 26 103 52
GALANTAMINE HBR 65 65 103 270
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 41 105 86
GEMFIBROZIL 64 57 105 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 63 107 161
LOVASTATIN 63 63 107 22
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 62 61 R 109 283
SINGULAIR 62 55 109 82
LEVEMIR 61 44 111 145
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 60 57 R 112 322
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 60 49 R 112 269
NYSTATIN 59 49 114 132
AGGRENOX 58 56 115 191
ABILIFY 58 41 115 178
EXELON 57 55 117 117
MUPIROCIN 57 56 117 189
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 57 117 37
NITROFURANTOIN 56 55 120 187
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 54 R 120 151
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 56 51 120 297
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 49 R 120 56
ACTOS 56 48 120 143
BYSTOLIC 54 54 125 181
RISPERDAL CONSTA 54 46 125 280
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 50 R 127 170
DOXEPIN HCL 53 53 127 201
PHENYTOIN 53 39 127 254
LACTULOSE 53 41 127 128
WELCHOL 52 48 131 260
LIDOCAINE HCL 51 43 132 219
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 51 132 224
VALPROIC ACID 50 31 134 262
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 June 1, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.