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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,303Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 130 out of 1383

$702K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 159 out of 1383

468 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 468 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 468 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,491 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
TRAZODONE HCL 801 791 1 36
MIRTAZAPINE 586 571 2 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 559 506 S3 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 519 476 4 4
FENTANYL 514 490 S2 5 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 494 466 6 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 482 443 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 455 391 8 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 382 349 9 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 308 277 10 6
LISINOPRIL 304 267 11 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 287 241 12 12
OMEPRAZOLE 284 233 13 5
NAMENDA 229 229 14 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 212 197 15 39
NOVOLIN 70-30 212 211 15 211
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 191 164 17 14
RISPERIDONE 189 189 18 71
FAMOTIDINE 186 157 19 61
PREDNISONE 183 166 20 40
SERTRALINE HCL 171 151 21 21
METFORMIN HCL 168 132 22 8
FLUOXETINE HCL 164 109 23 52
LEVETIRACETAM 161 127 24 134
SIMVASTATIN 141 112 25 2
NYSTATIN 137 132 26 132
HUMULIN 70-30 129 102 27 218
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 125 101 28 94
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 125 28 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 113 30 66
TRAMADOL HCL 119 90 31 25
CARVEDILOL 116 108 32 24
ATENOLOL 111 100 33 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 95 S2 34 107
DIGOXIN 104 104 35 59
OXYCODONE HCL 100 78 S2 36 62
GABAPENTIN 100 74 36 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 88 38 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 97 90 39 70
ALLOPURINOL 96 96 40 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 87 41 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 81 42 23
CEFTRIAXONE 85 79 43 175
KETOCONAZOLE 85 41 43 271
PROMETHAZINE HCL 84 70 R 45 56
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 44 S2 46 81
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 80 47 48
SPIRIVA 78 71 48 45
CLOPIDOGREL 77 34 49 28
AZITHROMYCIN 77 73 49 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 62 51 31
RANITIDINE HCL 76 70 51 19
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 76 71 51 124
FINASTERIDE 73 61 54 121
LACTULOSE 72 69 55 128
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 52 56 17
PLAVIX 71 47 56 43
CYMBALTA 66 64 58 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 64 59 108
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 64 57 60 177
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 62 S2 61 77
DETROL LA 62 58 61 234
SEROQUEL 60 56 63 130
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 49 64 29
DIOVAN 52 52 65 58
CLOZAPINE 52 0 65 291
LANTUS 51 49 67 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 45 67 18
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 20, 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.