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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,737Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 53

$724K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 53

522 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

16% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 24%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,008 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 869 788 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 788 595 S3 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 669 626 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 599 527 4 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 498 432 5 9
LISINOPRIL 478 427 6 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 461 394 7 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 426 404 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 407 361 9 7
SIMVASTATIN 392 330 10 3
SERTRALINE HCL 363 347 11 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 320 278 12 14
ATENOLOL 310 264 13 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 285 254 14 12
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 250 202 15 134
LOVASTATIN 248 206 16 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 239 230 17 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 231 188 18 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 218 19 37
TRAMADOL HCL 214 187 20 18
METFORMIN HCL 200 144 21 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 199 143 22 17
MIRTAZAPINE 190 189 23 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 184 168 24 88
PREDNISONE 177 174 25 45
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 176 175 26 117
GABAPENTIN 168 130 27 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 167 142 28 40
FAMOTIDINE 163 159 29 54
RISPERIDONE 163 163 29 66
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 149 149 31 65
LEVOFLOXACIN 146 145 32 123
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 145 132 33 60
HYDRALAZINE HCL 135 134 34 112
CARVEDILOL 128 122 35 20
CLOPIDOGREL 124 97 36 27
RANITIDINE HCL 123 104 37 15
OXYCODONE HCL 121 43 S2 38 23
PAROXETINE HCL 119 93 39 81
GLYBURIDE 115 67 R 40 26
ALLOPURINOL 112 74 41 24
GEMFIBROZIL 110 71 42 96
LACTULOSE 107 100 43 165
NAMENDA 105 105 44 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 99 45 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 90 46 59
KLOR-CON 10 94 92 47 93
DIGOXIN 91 84 48 58
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 70 49 97
SUCRALFATE 88 88 49 154
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 78 51 90
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 79 52 67
LANTUS 81 66 52 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 52 54 48
SEROQUEL XR 78 78 55 171
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 50 S2 56 56
AZITHROMYCIN 73 64 57 41
SEROQUEL 71 71 58 127
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 46 R 58 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 54 60 35
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 69 57 61 102
PLAVIX 69 59 61 43
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 42 S2 61 115
LEVETIRACETAM 69 61 61 121
MELOXICAM 67 51 65 19
TRICOR 67 39 65 130
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 42 65 29
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 57 68 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 57 69 47
LEVEMIR 65 65 69 135
CYMBALTA 65 53 69 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 62 72 75
CARISOPRODOL 62 23 R 73 51
FENTANYL 60 59 S2 74 91
PROAIR HFA 59 29 75 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 54 76 133
MEGESTROL ACETATE 55 55 R 77 145
CLONIDINE HCL 53 49 78 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 42 79 69
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 43 79 80
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 50 81 150
CEFTRIAXONE 51 51 81 195
NEXIUM 51 29 81 21
NOVOLOG 50 46 84 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 32 84 83
ENDOCET 50 22 S2 84 64
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 Oct. 25, 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.