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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,365Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 1383

$719K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 148 out of 1383

336 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

11% of this provider’s 336 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

58% of this provider’s 336 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 6,473 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 1,456 514 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 624 186 2 2
GABAPENTIN 587 120 3 11
RANITIDINE HCL 569 163 4 19
LISINOPRIL 527 227 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 494 215 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 459 224 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 439 218 8 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 412 151 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 379 145 10 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 328 118 11 6
PROAIR HFA 328 122 11 42
ATENOLOL 324 140 13 16
FUROSEMIDE 287 140 14 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 254 142 15 12
NEXIUM 247 79 16 26
CRESTOR 246 98 17 34
TIZANIDINE HCL 230 43 18 104
MELOXICAM 200 81 19 20
TRAZODONE HCL 183 62 20 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 99 21 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 44 22 15
SPIRIVA 154 97 23 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 41 24 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 136 57 R 25 57
TRAMADOL HCL 130 51 26 25
SINGULAIR 128 43 27 82
WARFARIN SODIUM 128 114 27 13
DEXILANT 127 16 29 140
CLOPIDOGREL 120 65 30 28
TRICOR 117 20 31 125
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 73 32 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 69 33 32
IBUPROFEN 113 0 33 91
SERTRALINE HCL 106 54 35 21
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 26 R 36 69
LOVASTATIN 102 79 37 22
NITROSTAT 100 34 38 186
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 96 48 39 37
PROMETHAZINE HCL 96 13 R 39 56
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 93 40 41 154
COMBIVENT 86 58 42 116
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 29 42 162
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 19 44 64
AZITHROMYCIN 81 39 45 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 27 46 38
LANTUS 78 12 47 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 31 48 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 31 49 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 24 49 52
VOLTAREN 73 50 51 315
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 27 52 95
ALLOPURINOL 71 46 53 33
PLAVIX 68 33 54 43
DIOVAN 67 35 55 58
CYMBALTA 67 22 55 53
ENDOCET 67 13 S2 55 97
CEPHALEXIN 65 17 58 87
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 45 59 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 43 60 18
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 30 S2 61 81
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 12 62 83
PAROXETINE HCL 56 35 63 55
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 31 64 159
FAMOTIDINE 51 12 65 61
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 45 66 177
CLONIDINE HCL 50 23 66 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 32 66 29
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 Nov. 9, 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.