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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,392Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 343

$778K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 343

531 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66% Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Tennessee
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 531 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$144 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Tennessee
DONEPEZIL HCL 554 528 104 1 27
NAMENDA 392 376 75 2 47
GABAPENTIN 384 222 99 3 4
LEVETIRACETAM 278 115 55 4 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 216 183 37 5 61
SERTRALINE HCL 191 153 46 6 48
PRIMIDONE 161 128 35 7 118
CLOPIDOGREL 154 118 29 8 9
EXELON 150 131 25 9 127
LYRICA 142 72 26 10 55
CYMBALTA 141 70 24 11 68
ROPINIROLE HCL 134 112 23 12 85
TOPIRAMATE 131 56 25 13 58
LAMOTRIGINE 112 32 18 14 72
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 21 17 R 15 91
CLONAZEPAM 104 50 19 B 16 53
TIZANIDINE HCL 98 12 24 17 73
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 18 22 S3 18 1
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 25 12 19 155
AGGRENOX 71 52 15 20 285
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 21 11 21 33
TRAMADOL HCL 61 37 14 22 26
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 60 31 25 23 138
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 <11 <11 24 165
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 <11 <11 25 189
BACLOFEN 52 <11 <11 26 103
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Oct. 8, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.