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Prescriber Checkup

WALTER PARKHURST MD

2051 HAMILL RD GALEN MEDICAL GROUP NORTH, SUITE 204

Hixson | Tennessee | 37343

(423) 870-2450

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,278Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 191 out of 1121

$752K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 176 out of 1121

631 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 631 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 631 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 12,521 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 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 620 597 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 519 509 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 496 480 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 482 453 4 2
GABAPENTIN 449 434 5 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 330 324 6 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 310 284 7 14
CARVEDILOL 287 278 8 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 277 258 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 271 265 10 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 251 242 11 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 231 231 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 229 219 13 8
NAMENDA 220 216 14 53
TORSEMIDE 199 185 15 155
FUROSEMIDE 173 173 16 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 152 17 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 158 18 10
CHLORTHALIDONE 155 143 19 149
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 155 146 S3 19 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 154 21 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 149 132 22 36
TRAZODONE HCL 146 138 23 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 144 24 37
SERTRALINE HCL 144 111 25 21
EXELON 137 137 26 119
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 131 27 23
TRAMADOL HCL 132 131 28 25
CRESTOR 123 121 29 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 121 113 30 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 115 30 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 112 32 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 111 33 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 111 33 35
LANTUS 113 91 35 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 97 35 29
DIOVAN 107 107 37 45
DIGOXIN 104 104 38 59
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 101 101 39 118
FINASTERIDE 100 100 40 117
MIRTAZAPINE 92 91 41 56
CYMBALTA 91 91 42 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 89 71 43 54
SPIRIVA 87 74 44 49
PREDNISONE 83 78 45 43
SYNTHROID 81 73 46 55
CLOPIDOGREL 81 74 46 27
PLAVIX 70 65 48 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 67 49 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 55 50 62
ATENOLOL 65 65 51 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 60 53 52 98
BENICAR 55 55 53 176
FAMOTIDINE 55 55 53 63
ALLOPURINOL 54 54 55 30
OXYCODONE HCL 50 47 S2 56 68
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.