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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,206Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 152 out of 1383

$538K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 311 out of 1383

515 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
27%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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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this specialty
in Tennessee
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 515 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

67% of this provider’s 515 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 5,153 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

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 3,084 810 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,062 387 2 3
RANITIDINE HCL 406 107 3 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 384 164 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 354 152 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 343 161 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 340 152 7 2
OMEPRAZOLE 321 93 8 5
PROAIR HFA 307 74 9 42
GABAPENTIN 297 80 10 11
METFORMIN HCL 265 110 11 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 243 137 12 4
NEXIUM 234 69 13 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 221 27 R 14 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 205 61 15 39
LOVASTATIN 165 87 16 22
GLYBURIDE 153 116 R 17 46
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 152 88 R 18 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 148 56 19 12
VENTOLIN HFA 134 41 20 93
ATENOLOL 134 90 20 16
SPIRIVA 119 43 22 45
INSULIN SYRINGE 118 32 23 83
SERTRALINE HCL 111 57 24 21
PREMARIN 107 49 R 25 123
NAPROXEN 103 19 26 105
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 42 27 18
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 99 43 28 114
WARFARIN SODIUM 95 60 29 13
CARVEDILOL 94 56 30 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 46 31 9
NADOLOL 93 36 31 288
DEXILANT 92 32 33 140
CRESTOR 89 62 34 34
CYMBALTA 87 14 35 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 28 36 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 37 36 29
LYRICA 80 30 38 72
CLOPIDOGREL 80 26 38 28
CEPHALEXIN 76 24 40 87
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 23 41 67
GEMFIBROZIL 74 30 42 90
ALLOPURINOL 73 41 43 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 23 44 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 36 44 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 49 46 66
PREDNISONE 67 25 47 40
PLAVIX 65 21 48 43
CLONIDINE HCL 64 27 49 44
ESTRADIOL 62 18 R 50 96
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 19 51 106
ATROVENT HFA 57 16 52 370
AZITHROMYCIN 57 12 52 41
LANTUS 54 0 54 50
TRAZODONE HCL 53 19 55 36
MIRTAZAPINE 52 39 56 51
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 Nov. 20, 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.