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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 21

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 21

518 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

8% of this provider’s 518 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 518 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,866 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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 1,156 820 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 563 443 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 557 410 3 4
LISINOPRIL 553 401 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 537 352 5 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 490 349 6 3
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 448 309 7 34
RISPERIDONE 403 311 8 21
GABAPENTIN 388 280 9 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 381 315 10 14
OMEPRAZOLE 354 124 11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 346 279 12 11
LACTULOSE 344 241 13 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 336 269 14 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 329 244 15 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 299 275 16 9
TRAZODONE HCL 274 226 17 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 239 208 18 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 234 145 19 15
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 212 181 20 92
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 212 212 20 38
CARVEDILOL 188 148 22 17
RAMIPRIL 186 143 23 69
GLIPIZIDE 184 102 24 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 182 117 25 56
SERTRALINE HCL 178 137 26 22
MIRTAZAPINE 170 152 27 16
HALOPERIDOL 167 134 28 105
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 141 29 24
NAMENDA 158 147 30 18
PROAIR HFA 158 48 30 62
LANTUS 150 88 32 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 143 102 33 86
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 139 96 R 34 115
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 129 93 35 71
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 35 36 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 56 37 68
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 117 91 38 70
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 101 39 58
LEVETIRACETAM 114 67 40 37
NEXIUM 113 55 41 29
ATENOLOL 111 104 42 25
SPIRIVA 111 79 42 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 110 21 R 44 65
OLANZAPINE 93 70 45 99
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 45 46 60
EXELON 90 78 47 77
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 37 R 48 116
CARBAMAZEPINE 84 51 49 176
RANITIDINE HCL 82 29 50 32
BACLOFEN 81 58 51 87
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 66 52 85
CLOPIDOGREL 79 54 52 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 78 78 54 138
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 77 49 55 123
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 55 56 59
MELOXICAM 68 47 57 89
NYSTATIN 66 46 58 112
IBUPROFEN 66 47 58 114
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 50 60 42
AZITHROMYCIN 64 40 61 73
CEPHALEXIN 61 45 62 97
CLONIDINE HCL 61 47 62 49
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 42 64 129
GLYBURIDE 59 45 R 65 75
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 17 R 65 128
NITROFURANTOIN 57 49 67 113
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 40 67 83
VENTOLIN HFA 57 12 67 164
KETOCONAZOLE 55 41 70 211
AVODART 54 42 71 216
JANUVIA 54 46 71 89
LOVASTATIN 54 26 71 88
ALLOPURINOL 54 38 71 46
PLAVIX 53 37 75 39
NOVOLIN R 53 42 75 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 27 75 101
HUMULIN R 52 24 78 127
TRAMADOL HCL 52 20 78 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 39 78 74
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 20 81 125
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 51 47 81 134
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 32 83 27
DIOVAN 50 44 83 45
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 22, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.