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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,672Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 144 out of 1383

$692K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 163 out of 1383

642 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

10% of this provider’s 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

43% of this provider’s 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 9,516 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 1,154 657 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 761 509 2 2
LISINOPRIL 541 297 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 510 344 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 413 320 5 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 355 302 6 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 314 210 7 4
GABAPENTIN 288 203 8 11
METFORMIN HCL 285 218 9 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 159 10 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268 216 11 27
MELOXICAM 255 130 12 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 239 153 13 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 214 170 14 13
AZITHROMYCIN 212 145 15 41
LOVASTATIN 211 158 16 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 128 17 9
PREDNISONE 173 128 18 40
CARISOPRODOL 160 34 R 19 76
FLUOXETINE HCL 159 107 20 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 147 100 21 29
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 136 83 S3 22 330
GLYBURIDE 133 95 R 23 46
ATENOLOL 128 88 24 16
CLOPIDOGREL 126 118 25 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 125 94 26 54
CARVEDILOL 120 88 27 24
NEXIUM 112 57 28 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 112 24 R 28 56
TRAMADOL HCL 109 58 30 25
PLAVIX 108 93 31 43
FENOFIBRATE 105 79 32 65
ARMOUR THYROID 104 83 R 33 379
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 92 34 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 28 R 34 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 67 36 15
ALLOPURINOL 90 66 37 33
RANITIDINE HCL 88 56 38 19
IBUPROFEN 87 28 39 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 43 40 39
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 85 13 S2 41 77
LANTUS 85 71 41 50
TRAZODONE HCL 83 43 43 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 73 44 60
CYMBALTA 81 44 44 53
PROAIR HFA 80 41 46 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 61 47 31
SERTRALINE HCL 77 45 48 21
LYRICA 76 26 49 72
TERAZOSIN HCL 74 57 50 111
DIGOXIN 70 70 51 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 58 52 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 45 53 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 29 R 53 57
ESTRADIOL 61 30 R 55 96
MUPIROCIN 60 39 56 189
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 60 44 56 205
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 50 58 95
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 48 59 66
FLUCONAZOLE 55 34 59 136
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 33 61 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 40 62 67
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 June 4, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.