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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,447Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 170 out of 1383

$657K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 193 out of 1383

626 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

6% of this provider’s 626 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 626 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 10,896 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 553 448 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 516 404 S3 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 445 400 3 6
LISINOPRIL 438 347 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 399 343 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 356 304 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 317 249 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 306 267 8 7
GABAPENTIN 254 192 9 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 224 199 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 223 185 11 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 178 12 10
RANITIDINE HCL 196 160 13 19
CARVEDILOL 196 161 13 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 172 135 15 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 169 142 16 9
FENOFIBRATE 163 117 17 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 158 128 18 15
SERTRALINE HCL 136 105 19 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 107 20 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 92 21 32
MELOXICAM 125 100 22 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 112 23 30
ATENOLOL 122 99 24 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 97 25 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 116 26 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 116 95 26 18
CLOPIDOGREL 114 100 28 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 84 29 27
LOVASTATIN 104 73 30 22
MIRTAZAPINE 103 100 31 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 72 32 14
NEXIUM 88 67 33 26
PLAVIX 87 73 34 43
TRAMADOL HCL 85 64 35 25
PAROXETINE HCL 84 63 36 55
TRAZODONE HCL 82 68 37 36
CRESTOR 80 73 38 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 58 39 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 60 40 48
PREDNISONE 78 62 40 40
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 56 42 52
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 75 42 79
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 49 44 102
AZITHROMYCIN 76 52 44 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 67 R 46 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 54 46 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 59 46 54
DIOVAN 73 73 49 58
VENTOLIN HFA 73 56 49 93
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 67 51 31
SPIRIVA 68 40 52 45
CLONIDINE HCL 67 57 53 44
CARISOPRODOL 65 32 R 54 76
FAMOTIDINE 65 50 54 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 48 56 89
SYNTHROID 64 43 56 73
RISPERIDONE 62 50 58 71
ABILIFY 61 48 59 178
CYMBALTA 61 27 59 53
PEN NEEDLE 61 50 59 147
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 41 62 112
ESTRADIOL 60 42 R 62 96
ALLOPURINOL 59 52 64 33
EXFORGE HCT 57 54 65 378
RAMIPRIL 56 49 66 80
NAMENDA 56 56 66 49
GEMFIBROZIL 56 39 66 90
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 Sept. 13, 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.