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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,732Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 1383

$723K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 145 out of 1383

652 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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 652 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 652 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 15,853 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$35 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,246 1,028 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 775 627 2 5
LISINOPRIL 698 453 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 639 416 S3 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 639 471 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 598 424 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 559 497 7 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 547 415 8 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 491 398 9 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 461 333 10 6
MELOXICAM 460 379 11 20
TRAMADOL HCL 386 285 12 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 360 268 13 12
VERAPAMIL ER 312 239 14 84
CLONIDINE HCL 308 226 15 44
ATENOLOL 305 275 16 16
CLOPIDOGREL 298 252 17 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 262 228 18 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260 206 19 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 260 220 19 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 257 174 21 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 186 22 13
ALLOPURINOL 234 167 23 33
RANITIDINE HCL 229 140 24 19
METHOCARBAMOL 228 143 R 25 141
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 206 144 R 26 209
PLAVIX 203 169 27 43
GABAPENTIN 191 115 28 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 190 156 29 66
CARVEDILOL 174 145 30 24
DIGOXIN 162 146 31 59
DILTIAZEM ER 157 122 32 110
SERTRALINE HCL 141 126 33 21
LANTUS 139 97 34 50
SURE COMFORT 137 102 35 353
NIFEDIPINE ER 131 104 36 126
NEXIUM 130 87 37 26
AZITHROMYCIN 125 92 38 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 104 39 23
PREDNISONE 121 88 40 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 113 41 30
DICYCLOMINE HCL 112 74 42 185
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 43 35
FENOFIBRATE 95 56 44 65
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 93 88 45 196
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 75 46 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 73 47 18
NAPROXEN SODIUM 89 36 47 274
SPIRIVA 89 74 47 45
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 69 50 83
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 54 R 51 56
DIOVAN 85 78 52 58
PROAIR HFA 84 50 53 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 40 54 86
DEXILANT 82 39 55 140
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 60 56 63
AMOXICILLIN 79 57 57 119
JANUVIA 78 67 58 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 68 59 95
LYRICA 75 55 60 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 29 R 61 69
FLUCONAZOLE 73 55 61 136
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 49 63 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 71 62 63 64
PAROXETINE HCL 70 59 65 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 50 66 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 62 67 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 42 67 39
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 67 60 69 236
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 66 50 70 114
GEMFIBROZIL 66 55 70 90
VENTOLIN HFA 65 40 72 93
HYDROXYZINE HCL 64 34 R 73 151
MECLIZINE HCL 63 62 74 113
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 59 74 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 43 76 60
SYMBICORT 56 25 77 166
SINGULAIR 56 41 77 82
GLYBURIDE 55 55 R 79 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 54 79 99
LEVEMIR 53 42 81 145
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 53 81 79
NAMENDA 52 52 83 49
KLOR-CON 10 51 33 84 74
CEPHALEXIN 51 31 84 87
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 50 86 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 31 86 31
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. 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.