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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,512Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 12

$963K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 12

560 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

8% of this provider’s 560 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 560 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 17,989 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
SIMVASTATIN 839 624 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 818 719 2 2
LISINOPRIL 780 653 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 776 533 S3 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 763 601 5 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 608 541 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 590 502 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 509 470 8 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 408 304 9 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 366 321 10 50
METFORMIN HCL 362 292 11 18
ATENOLOL 361 299 12 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 350 301 13 63
CARVEDILOL 350 295 13 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 302 282 15 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 295 248 16 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 279 222 17 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 273 258 18 49
MIRTAZAPINE 255 181 19 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 248 190 20 7
METFORMIN HCL ER 248 200 20 60
KLOR-CON M20 239 212 22 54
NEXIUM 238 210 23 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 237 182 24 33
TRAMADOL HCL 231 220 25 35
GABAPENTIN 223 164 26 16
MELOXICAM 217 161 27 48
SERTRALINE HCL 213 170 28 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 212 179 29 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 196 144 30 27
AZITHROMYCIN 191 144 31 68
KLOR-CON 10 191 143 31 91
RANITIDINE HCL 181 115 33 30
ALLOPURINOL 171 148 34 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 162 148 35 86
DIOVAN 159 124 36 51
DIGOXIN 159 150 36 47
CLOPIDOGREL 158 126 38 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 129 39 41
NAMENDA 150 139 39 12
LOVASTATIN 149 129 41 36
PROAIR HFA 141 84 42 87
PREDNISONE 136 128 43 52
CRESTOR 133 117 44 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 97 45 34
BENAZEPRIL HCL 130 104 46 66
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 125 70 R 47 98
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 124 93 48 116
PLAVIX 124 104 48 37
CLONIDINE HCL 116 80 50 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 92 51 45
FAMOTIDINE 111 80 52 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 105 73 53 71
LANTUS 104 104 54 42
PROMETHAZINE HCL 100 66 R 55 64
DEXILANT 98 73 56 144
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 96 76 57 148
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 95 47 R 58 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 93 84 59 32
SPIRIVA 92 68 60 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 81 60 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 90 71 62 77
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 90 85 62 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 75 64 69
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 82 65 165
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 65 66 82
TIZANIDINE HCL 83 48 66 187
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 77 68 79
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 79 S2 69 65
TRAZODONE HCL 81 55 69 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 79 71 72
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 78 71 24
NIFEDIPINE ER 79 49 71 166
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 79 71 55
EXELON 77 77 75 26
BUPROPION HCL SR 75 42 76 131
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 74 62 R 77 196
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 52 77 75
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 53 79 119
SINGULAIR 71 59 80 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 27 81 105
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 33 S2 82 92
IBUPROFEN 66 32 82 204
METHOCARBAMOL 65 41 R 84 205
DIOVAN HCT 65 56 84 205
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 64 47 86 125
AMOXICILLIN 64 43 86 111
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 27 88 101
HUMULIN 70-30 59 28 89 133
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 45 89 46
CYMBALTA 59 33 89 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 47 92 171
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 43 93 222
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 55 93 43
CELEBREX 54 47 95 108
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 42 95 146
ESTRADIOL 51 27 R 97 180
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 0 98 88
PAROXETINE HCL 50 45 98 84
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. 7, 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.