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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,591Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 335

$660K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 335

565 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 565 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,153 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
RANEXA 559 465 1 25
CARVEDILOL 504 385 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 476 419 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 350 274 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 298 5 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 291 235 6 11
SPIRONOLACTONE 287 231 7 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 226 211 8 8
CLOPIDOGREL 215 174 9 7
PLAVIX 196 166 10 12
AMIODARONE HCL 164 159 11 21
FENOFIBRATE 151 117 12 47
OMEPRAZOLE 147 140 13 29
ZETIA 143 74 14 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 122 15 3
LISINOPRIL 136 112 16 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 107 17 19
RAMIPRIL 118 113 18 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 114 83 S3 19 55
LIPITOR 99 83 20 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 90 20 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 98 76 22 30
DIGOXIN 98 92 22 14
CILOSTAZOL 97 90 24 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 62 25 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 63 25 16
EFFIENT 84 57 27 37
METFORMIN HCL 81 68 28 67
NIASPAN 81 60 28 35
CLONIDINE HCL 80 63 30 33
CRESTOR 80 60 30 17
NITROSTAT 79 50 32 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 60 33 13
GABAPENTIN 73 53 34 71
VYTORIN 71 56 35 80
TRICOR 57 52 36 74
PRADAXA 53 53 37 32
ATENOLOL 52 52 38 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 43 38 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 43 40 18
DIOVAN 51 41 40 28
GEMFIBROZIL 50 44 42 91
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 Aug. 24, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.