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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,111Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 181 out of 1383

$601K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 242 out of 1383

512 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 512 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 10,215 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 648 499 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 623 502 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 421 316 3 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 409 267 4 13
LISINOPRIL 402 291 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 365 320 6 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 321 293 7 35
METFORMIN HCL 321 192 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 306 229 9 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 300 246 10 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 284 226 11 15
GABAPENTIN 228 178 12 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 188 13 9
NAMENDA 189 183 14 49
MIRTAZAPINE 185 185 15 51
PREDNISONE 170 120 16 40
RANITIDINE HCL 159 108 17 19
TRAZODONE HCL 154 122 18 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 148 19 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 147 126 20 66
RISPERIDONE 146 142 21 71
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 112 21 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 108 23 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 128 23 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 123 25 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 96 26 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 111 102 27 64
NOVOLOG 103 87 28 139
ALLOPURINOL 102 96 29 33
CARVEDILOL 102 79 29 24
SERTRALINE HCL 100 78 31 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 78 32 32
LANTUS 90 82 33 50
GLIPIZIDE 89 72 34 98
FENOFIBRATE 89 70 34 65
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 86 67 36 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 69 36 39
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 86 50 S2 36 77
SEROQUEL 85 81 39 130
TRAMADOL HCL 84 63 40 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 73 41 54
CLOPIDOGREL 82 74 41 28
LOVASTATIN 75 61 43 22
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 47 43 94
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 59 43 10
PLAVIX 70 64 46 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 66 47 86
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 60 48 102
PAROXETINE HCL 65 58 49 55
CRESTOR 63 55 50 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 38 51 67
SPIRIVA 58 43 52 45
PHENYTOIN 58 43 52 254
DIGOXIN 58 58 52 59
AZITHROMYCIN 58 42 52 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 46 56 63
JANTOVEN 54 54 57 146
FAMOTIDINE 53 37 58 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 36 R 59 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 32 60 79
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 Jan. 28, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.