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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,834Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 194 out of 1383

$499K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 350 out of 1383

378 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

5% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 378 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 11,300 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 707 585 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 478 445 2 4
LISINOPRIL 406 336 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 404 361 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 358 257 S3 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 293 269 6 7
DILTIAZEM ER 292 278 10 7 110
METFORMIN HCL 291 258 8 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 241 221 9 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 224 204 10 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 206 11 29
GABAPENTIN 200 192 12 11
SERTRALINE HCL 194 173 13 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 191 180 14 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 138 15 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 176 145 16 9
CARVEDILOL 169 155 17 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 147 18 10
MELOXICAM 160 160 19 20
PREDNISONE 153 138 20 40
ESTRADIOL 147 121 R 21 96
LOVASTATIN 144 120 22 22
GLYBURIDE 142 128 R 23 46
CLOPIDOGREL 139 130 24 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 139 139 24 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135 128 26 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 134 115 27 12
FINASTERIDE 133 121 28 121
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 128 99 29 120
WARFARIN SODIUM 124 120 30 13
ATENOLOL 123 123 31 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 122 120 32 18
TRAMADOL HCL 109 109 33 25
VERAPAMIL ER 106 77 34 84
DIOVAN HCT 104 104 35 103
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 98 36 30
ALLOPURINOL 97 66 37 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 37 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 58 39 17
CARISOPRODOL 85 45 R 40 76
RANITIDINE HCL 84 81 41 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 64 41 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 76 R 43 57
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 64 44 60
PLAVIX 74 70 45 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 66 46 37
DIOVAN 70 60 47 58
QUINAPRIL HCL 67 67 48 142
CELEBREX 66 62 49 131
COMBIVENT 64 64 50 116
DOXEPIN HCL 63 63 51 201
NEXIUM 60 60 52 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 60 52 48
CRESTOR 60 58 52 34
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 57 55 257
KLOR-CON 10 57 57 56 74
GLIPIZIDE 56 35 57 98
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 43 58 115
ZETIA 54 43 59 101
VESICARE 52 52 60 182
CEPHALEXIN 52 44 60 87
LANTUS 51 43 62 50
RAMIPRIL 51 51 62 80
CEFUROXIME 50 45 64 164
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. 12, 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.