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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,401Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 72 out of 1383

$775K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 124 out of 1383

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 596 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 14,420 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 769 563 1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 734 630 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 730 599 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 546 422 4 2
LISINOPRIL 536 421 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 494 425 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 494 402 6 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 436 377 8 13
FUROSEMIDE 408 340 9 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 362 330 10 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 356 307 11 6
GLYBURIDE 274 240 R 12 46
AZITHROMYCIN 256 175 13 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 241 174 14 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 238 211 15 67
NEXIUM 235 154 16 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 218 201 17 23
GABAPENTIN 213 149 18 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 171 19 10
LOVASTATIN 194 149 20 22
RANITIDINE HCL 184 122 21 19
LANTUS 169 140 22 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 167 102 S3 23 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 162 91 24 32
FAMOTIDINE 156 85 25 61
BENAZEPRIL HCL 156 84 25 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 152 111 27 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 138 27 29
CLOPIDOGREL 151 124 29 28
ALLOPURINOL 149 118 30 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 147 86 31 52
GLIMEPIRIDE 147 116 31 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 113 31 30
MELOXICAM 145 117 34 20
PLAVIX 143 109 35 43
VERAPAMIL ER 135 101 36 84
ATENOLOL 134 108 37 16
IBUPROFEN 127 73 38 91
TRAMADOL HCL 112 102 39 25
INSULIN SYRINGE 110 72 40 83
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 80 41 15
CLONIDINE HCL 105 67 41 44
COMBIVENT 102 72 43 116
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 59 44 27
RAMIPRIL 96 84 45 80
PREDNISONE 91 75 46 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 79 47 18
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 87 83 48 154
DIGOXIN 87 72 48 59
CYMBALTA 87 71 48 53
LABETALOL HCL 86 47 51 217
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 84 84 52 120
GLIPIZIDE 84 72 52 98
SINGULAIR 83 51 54 82
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 80 S2 54 107
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83 53 R 54 69
SERTRALINE HCL 82 54 57 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 70 58 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 60 59 54
FENOFIBRATE 77 66 59 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 71 R 61 57
HYDROXYZINE HCL 75 39 R 61 151
JANUVIA 73 73 63 85
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 40 63 89
BUMETANIDE 72 49 65 122
SINGLE USE SWAB 71 59 66 296
CARVEDILOL 70 63 67 24
SOTALOL 69 35 68 278
DIOVAN 68 54 69 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 52 70 86
SPIRIVA 64 53 70 45
ZETIA 63 54 72 101
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 52 73 75
COLCRYS 59 36 74 214
PROMETHAZINE HCL 59 42 R 74 56
AMOXICILLIN 58 41 76 119
SYNTHROID 58 48 76 73
CEPHALEXIN 57 33 78 87
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 43 79 95
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 20 80 111
HYDROCORTISONE 54 43 81 353
FENTANYL 53 53 S2 82 92
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 45 83 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 35 83 39
NYSTATIN 51 42 85 132
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 43 86 63
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 50 15 R 86 172
ESTRADIOL 50 33 R 86 96
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 Dec. 17, 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.