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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,166Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 307 out of 1133

$742K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 261 out of 1133

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

3% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Tennessee
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

38% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 32%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

17% of this provider’s 475 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

25% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$551K

2012

$686K

2013

$748K

2014

$742K

2015

Number of Claims

9,872

2012

11,283

2013

11,634

2014

11,166

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

433

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

91

patients, 19% of all patients

O 1 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

396

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

91

patients, 19% of all patients

2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

375

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

82

patients, 17% of all patients

3 1
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

92

patients, 19% of all patients

4 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

297

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

74

patients, 15% of all patients

5 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

83

patients, 17% of all patients

6 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

7 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

57

patients, 12% of all patients

8 13
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

9 160
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

10 77
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

11 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

12 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

13 17
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

14 27
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

15 31
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

16 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

17 11
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

18 6
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

19 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 8
FELODIPINE ER

Felodipine is used to treat... +

Felodipine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

20 220
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

22 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

23 28
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

24 10
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

25 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

26 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

27 14
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ

The combination of spironol... +

The combination of spironolactone and hydrochlorothiazide, a 'water pill,' is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention caused by various conditions, including heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

28 236
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

R 29 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

29 29
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

31 32
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

32 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

33 43
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

34 42
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

35 41
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

36 21
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

Used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

37 99
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

37 144
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

39 85
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

40 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

40 98
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 83
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

42 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

44 16
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

45 212
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

45 30
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

47 23
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

48 63
NATEGLINIDE

Used to treat type 2 diabet... +

Used to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

49 200
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

50 40
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

A 51 93
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

51 222
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

A 53 65
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

54 71
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

55 38
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

56 152
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

56 73
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. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.