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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,865Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 140 out of 1383

$855K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 93 out of 1383

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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
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this specialty
in Tennessee
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,109 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 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
SIMVASTATIN 586 455 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 481 309 S3 2 1
MELOXICAM 469 374 3 20
OMEPRAZOLE 456 357 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 389 275 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 353 258 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 351 323 7 6
LISINOPRIL 286 252 8 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 279 212 9 17
CLONIDINE HCL 242 185 10 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 210 198 11 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 178 12 27
SERTRALINE HCL 196 149 13 21
TRAMADOL HCL 194 174 14 25
GABAPENTIN 182 119 15 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 182 129 15 47
TRAZODONE HCL 164 82 17 36
METFORMIN HCL 158 112 18 8
CYMBALTA 154 86 19 53
RANITIDINE HCL 150 119 20 19
GEMFIBROZIL 145 120 21 90
TIZANIDINE HCL 142 71 22 104
INDAPAMIDE 137 120 23 153
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132 117 24 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 125 25 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 93 26 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 110 27 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 107 28 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 98 29 29
ALLOPURINOL 120 96 30 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 93 31 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 111 98 32 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 88 R 33 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 81 34 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 106 76 35 68
CLOPIDOGREL 105 96 36 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 94 37 14
NEXIUM 96 65 38 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 95 49 R 39 69
DIOVAN HCT 95 73 39 103
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 81 41 48
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 93 38 42 94
FENOFIBRATE 91 58 43 65
BUPROPION XL 89 61 44 230
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 70 44 32
PLAVIX 88 87 46 43
DIOVAN 87 77 47 58
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 40 R 48 56
LOVASTATIN 86 74 48 22
JANUVIA 83 70 50 85
ATENOLOL 82 72 51 16
ENABLEX 82 63 51 253
BYSTOLIC 77 66 53 181
DIGOXIN 75 55 54 59
OXYCONTIN 75 38 S2 54 150
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 73 56 66
EVISTA 72 66 57 152
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 58 35
SPIRIVA 71 51 58 45
CARVEDILOL 70 63 60 24
CRESTOR 69 55 61 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 63 62 60
SYNTHROID 68 67 62 73
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 58 62 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 47 65 52
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 59 66 38
KLOR-CON 10 64 43 66 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 60 66 37
DILTIAZEM ER 64 60 66 110
GLYBURIDE 62 35 R 70 46
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 53 71 185
NAMENDA 58 58 72 49
VERAPAMIL ER 58 38 72 84
VESICARE 58 47 72 182
PROAIR HFA 55 15 75 42
PEN NEEDLE 52 35 76 147
VYTORIN 51 51 77 184
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 27 77 67
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. 4, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.