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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,975Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 21

$732K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 21

583 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

6% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,517 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 440 334 1 3
LISINOPRIL 421 372 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 421 341 2 7
MIRTAZAPINE 389 332 4 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 368 289 5 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 361 358 6 13
SIMVASTATIN 360 293 7 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 281 199 S3 8 1
FUROSEMIDE 250 232 9 4
LEVETIRACETAM 240 55 10 37
CARVEDILOL 206 176 11 17
LACTULOSE 203 80 12 33
GABAPENTIN 191 168 13 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 189 155 14 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 181 138 15 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 178 127 16 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 126 17 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 126 18 24
SERTRALINE HCL 161 143 19 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 161 76 19 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 151 21 8
CYMBALTA 149 141 22 20
CALCITONIN-SALMON 141 100 23 147
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 91 24 48
LAMOTRIGINE 138 26 24 149
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137 109 26 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 135 129 27 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 101 28 101
ATENOLOL 131 129 29 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 128 30 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 112 38 31 117
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 90 31 15
CRESTOR 107 67 33 79
NIFEDIPINE ER 100 89 34 131
TRAZODONE HCL 100 76 34 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 99 84 36 74
MELOXICAM 96 49 37 89
NAMENDA 96 94 37 18
LANTUS 86 70 39 26
METFORMIN HCL 84 58 40 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 64 41 118
NEXIUM 75 25 42 29
FINASTERIDE 75 65 42 93
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 54 44 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 73 63 45 14
RANITIDINE HCL 73 21 45 32
SPIRIVA 72 59 47 51
ACTONEL 67 62 48 189
LEXAPRO 65 42 49 111
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 56 50 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 46 50 58
CLOPIDOGREL 59 58 52 23
PLAVIX 56 56 53 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 53 53 68
DIGOXIN 56 56 53 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 35 56 52
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 0 57 218
PREDNISONE 53 48 57 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 28 57 83
PROAIR HFA 52 28 60 62
ALLOPURINOL 51 50 61 46
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 51 46 61 225
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 35 63 108
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 May 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.