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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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54,233Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 12

$2.91M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 12

946 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

14% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 946 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 47,311 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

57 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 30.


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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 2,769 2,526 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,675 1,501 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,661 1,556 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,614 1,415 4 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,355 1,311 5 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 1,303 1,048 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,253 1,114 7 9
LACTULOSE 1,149 945 10 8 23
TRAZODONE HCL 1,124 1,039 9 15
NAMENDA 1,108 1,080 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,091 959 11 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,089 1,040 12 3
LISINOPRIL 913 823 13 6
MIRTAZAPINE 904 837 14 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 876 827 15 13
GABAPENTIN 742 633 16 16
OMEPRAZOLE 741 641 17 8
CARVEDILOL 726 654 18 19
FAMOTIDINE 569 504 19 29
RISPERIDONE 560 475 20 25
BUSPIRONE HCL 553 488 21 58
GLIPIZIDE 542 492 22 53
METFORMIN HCL 513 429 23 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 504 468 24 28
EXELON 496 471 25 26
CLOPIDOGREL 489 439 26 22
TRAMADOL HCL 483 457 27 35
CYMBALTA 478 372 28 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 448 382 29 43
CLONIDINE HCL 447 359 30 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 422 385 31 20
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 420 393 32 67
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 407 286 33 32
FENTANYL 380 359 S2 34 40
BACLOFEN 373 181 35 73
PLAVIX 350 332 36 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 338 280 37 24
LEVETIRACETAM 327 225 38 56
SERTRALINE HCL 322 303 39 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 317 198 R 40 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 315 227 41 90
RAMIPRIL 311 261 42 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 310 280 43 46
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 307 256 S2 44 65
NOVOLIN R 299 259 45 85
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 269 46 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 286 264 47 74
LANTUS 280 242 48 42
SANTYL 275 245 49 96
RANITIDINE HCL 267 249 50 30
FINASTERIDE 263 254 51 83
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 248 238 52 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 247 231 53 79
VALPROIC ACID 245 144 54 114
CEPHALEXIN 241 226 55 81
ABILIFY 240 205 56 99
ATENOLOL 231 222 57 21
TRAVATAN Z 228 201 58 121
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 226 221 59 61
DIGOXIN 223 222 60 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 218 179 61 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 210 178 62 72
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 210 146 62 88
MELOXICAM 205 189 64 48
KLOR-CON M20 203 169 65 54
DILANTIN 203 121 65 129
ALLOPURINOL 201 194 67 44
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 198 183 R 68 130
LATANOPROST 197 174 69 106
DILTIAZEM ER 196 190 70 113
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 187 166 71 134
NYSTATIN 184 127 72 93
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 173 154 73 101
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 158 73 49
AMIODARONE HCL 171 162 75 122
LYRICA 168 137 76 76
BENAZEPRIL HCL 165 161 77 66
NITROFURANTOIN 161 134 78 110
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 160 158 S2 79 103
NOVOLOG 157 131 80 96
DIOVAN 156 146 81 51
SPIRIVA 154 129 82 59
SOTALOL 152 152 83 153
LEVEMIR 151 129 84 128
PHENYTOIN 151 97 84 154
SINGULAIR 150 143 86 89
TERAZOSIN HCL 148 147 87 157
PRIMIDONE 147 119 88 158
SEROQUEL 147 133 88 57
OXYCONTIN 142 94 S2 90 159
TRIMETHOPRIM 141 118 91 160
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 139 98 92 124
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 139 131 92 161
NAPROXEN 138 109 94 162
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 138 134 94 162
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 137 104 96 164
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 133 126 97 166
ADVAIR DISKUS 132 112 98 69
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 131 92 S2 99 92
HUMULIN 70-30 129 120 100 133
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 122 101 33
PREDNISONE 120 119 102 52
CEFTRIAXONE 116 111 103 108
OXYCODONE HCL 116 52 S2 103 125
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 115 99 105 95
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 114 89 106 55
OLANZAPINE 113 97 107 94
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 113 106 107 176
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 110 109 109 146
CARBAMAZEPINE 110 74 109 139
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 109 87 111 50
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 108 44 R 112 78
RENVELA 106 62 113 179
PAROXETINE HCL 104 87 114 84
HYDROXYZINE HCL 103 62 R 115 143
NEXIUM 103 75 115 38
KLOR-CON M10 102 94 117 137
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 99 90 118 82
MUPIROCIN 97 82 119 182
PREMARIN 97 81 R 119 149
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 95 72 121 119
AMOXICILLIN 94 90 122 111
JANUVIA 93 93 123 118
GLIMEPIRIDE 92 84 124 62
ENABLEX 92 90 124 184
MEGESTROL ACETATE 90 85 R 126 115
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 90 78 126 105
LAMOTRIGINE 89 62 128 136
METHIMAZOLE 88 88 129 186
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 88 87 129 138
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 87 42 131 117
MECLIZINE HCL 87 85 131 142
LABETALOL HCL 86 60 133 156
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 86 86 133 149
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 84 135 140
DETROL LA 83 65 136 187
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 54 137 71
MINOCYCLINE HCL 82 77 137 189
HALOPERIDOL 81 58 139 102
FLUCONAZOLE 81 73 139 107
KETOCONAZOLE 81 53 139 193
HUMULIN R 79 54 142 134
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 68 143 104
MEGACE ES 75 61 R 144 195
PATANOL 74 61 145 196
NOVOLIN 70-30 73 71 146 198
VENTOLIN HFA 71 66 147 151
LIDOCAINE HCL 71 67 147 141
METRONIDAZOLE 67 59 149 203
HYDROCORTISONE 63 44 150 207
GALANTAMINE HBR 62 62 151 127
CELEBREX 61 50 152 108
LUMIGAN 61 55 152 208
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 61 61 152 208
TIMOLOL MALEATE 60 57 155 211
CLONIDINE 60 53 155 122
NUEDEXTA 60 60 155 211
LEXAPRO 60 52 155 177
PRADAXA 59 59 159 174
MORPHINE SULFATE 59 58 S2 159 168
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 43 159 75
LINDANE 59 58 10 159 215
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 57 163 86
SENSIPAR 58 53 163 217
BUPROPION HCL SR 57 23 165 131
NYSTOP 56 51 166 178
VOLTAREN 55 52 167 222
AGGRENOX 53 53 168 224
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 47 R 169 119
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 22 R 170 98
FENOFIBRATE 50 50 170 175
METOLAZONE 50 50 170 172
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 Feb. 22, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.