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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,717Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 102 out of 1383

$987K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 1383

323 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 323 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 11,791 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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 776 571 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 615 463 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 567 387 3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 533 346 S3 4 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 468 307 5 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 456 345 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 422 305 7 7
BENAZEPRIL HCL 400 337 8 38
METFORMIN HCL 398 269 9 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 326 215 10 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 319 211 11 63
ZETIA 312 227 12 101
INDAPAMIDE 282 224 13 153
LISINOPRIL 276 212 14 3
CARVEDILOL 272 187 15 24
FENOFIBRATE 269 182 16 65
VERAPAMIL ER 250 212 17 84
CRESTOR 229 176 18 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 216 182 19 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 124 20 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 190 130 21 6
RANITIDINE HCL 187 78 22 19
GABAPENTIN 172 100 23 11
TRAMADOL HCL 171 150 24 25
NIASPAN 152 114 25 148
KLOR-CON 10 148 93 26 74
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 98 27 9
ALLOPURINOL 138 98 27 33
NEXIUM 135 59 29 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 107 30 23
SINGULAIR 129 84 31 82
CEPHALEXIN 126 87 32 87
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 96 33 29
SERTRALINE HCL 120 96 34 21
PROAIR HFA 120 81 34 42
DIOVAN 118 78 36 58
TRICOR 118 78 36 125
CLONIDINE HCL 118 82 36 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 89 39 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 110 58 40 15
CYMBALTA 106 56 41 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 70 42 18
CLOPIDOGREL 102 82 42 28
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 99 58 44 162
ACTOS 99 49 44 143
TIZANIDINE HCL 89 57 46 104
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 61 46 39
RAMIPRIL 87 78 48 80
VENTOLIN HFA 87 50 48 93
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 86 50 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 52 51 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 52 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 51 52 30
COUMADIN 79 79 54 202
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 79 52 54 64
METHOCARBAMOL 78 65 R 56 141
PLAVIX 76 73 57 43
EVISTA 76 76 57 152
AMOXICILLIN 75 49 59 119
NATEGLINIDE 73 51 60 243
DIGOXIN 71 71 61 59
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 58 R 62 57
TRAZODONE HCL 68 37 63 36
NITROSTAT 67 40 64 186
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 46 65 48
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 39 66 79
DIPYRIDAMOLE 63 52 R 66 365
CARISOPRODOL 61 12 R 68 76
BUSPIRONE HCL 58 57 69 109
ESTRADIOL 58 15 R 69 96
COMBIVENT 57 40 71 116
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 42 71 112
SYMBICORT 57 44 71 166
FAMOTIDINE 56 30 74 61
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 55 51 75 216
NAMENDA 54 54 76 49
JANUVIA 53 46 77 85
LOVAZA 52 51 78 225
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 42 78 99
MELOXICAM 52 42 78 20
PRANDIN 51 51 81 448
SPIRIVA 51 43 81 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 33 83 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 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.