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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,789Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 195 out of 1383

$718K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 149 out of 1383

443 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

3% of this provider’s 443 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 443 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,084 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 545 435 1 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 416 348 2 47
SIMVASTATIN 391 285 3 2
LISINOPRIL 343 234 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 276 255 5 6
GABAPENTIN 258 206 6 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 256 207 7 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 255 192 8 14
OMEPRAZOLE 244 213 9 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 233 217 10 9
TRAMADOL HCL 229 190 11 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 186 12 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 205 188 13 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 195 171 14 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 181 168 S3 15 1
FUROSEMIDE 169 136 16 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 167 130 17 15
METFORMIN HCL 157 141 18 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 139 19 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 150 105 20 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 125 21 29
LOVASTATIN 134 116 22 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 104 23 37
ESTRADIOL 125 84 R 24 96
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 110 25 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 115 26 10
CARVEDILOL 115 99 27 24
CRESTOR 113 83 28 34
NEXIUM 110 61 29 26
PAROXETINE HCL 107 64 30 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 106 84 31 67
DILTIAZEM ER 105 88 32 110
ATENOLOL 99 77 33 16
VERAPAMIL ER 97 52 34 84
SERTRALINE HCL 93 68 35 21
PREDNISONE 93 76 35 40
CLOPIDOGREL 91 86 37 28
RAMIPRIL 86 76 38 80
CYMBALTA 84 57 39 53
PLAVIX 84 74 39 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 53 41 39
LEVOXYL 79 79 42 206
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 38 43 48
JANUVIA 74 49 44 85
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 72 R 45 57
SYNTHROID 71 64 46 73
TRAZODONE HCL 70 44 47 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 67 48 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 63 49 99
MELOXICAM 65 50 50 20
LIPITOR 61 47 51 158
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 46 51 38
TRICOR 60 48 53 125
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 49 54 75
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 43 55 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 33 R 55 56
EVISTA 55 55 57 152
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54 54 58 154
IBUPROFEN 54 35 58 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 34 60 68
LYRICA 52 38 61 72
CELEBREX 50 44 62 131
SINGULAIR 50 29 62 82
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 36 62 94
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.