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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,356Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 299

$1.94M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 299

689 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

58% 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

0% of this provider’s 524 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

6% of this provider’s 689 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs *

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$207 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $151 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$884K

2012

$1.29M

2013

$1.68M

2014

$1.94M

2015

Number of Claims

7,800

2012

9,352

2013

9,836

2014

9,356

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
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

940

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

671

prescriptions.

193

patients, 28% of all patients

1 2
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

677

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

559

prescriptions.

164

patients, 24% of all patients

2 44
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

642

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

115

patients, 17% of all patients

10 3 39
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

565

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

4 42
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

550

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

126

patients, 18% of all patients

5 15
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

489

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

363

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

6 186
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

478

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

128

patients, 19% of all patients

7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

404

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

97

patients, 14% of all patients

8 11
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

327

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

9 35
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

294

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

10 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

255

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

11 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

12 48
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

13 37
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

14 216
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

15 7
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

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

16 14
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

17 20
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

18 9
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

19 107
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

20 102
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

21 23
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 62
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

23 178
CLONIDINE

Used alone or together with... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 304
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE

Replaces certain hormones w... +

Replaces certain hormones when the body does not make enough, such as in Addison's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

25 370
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

25 8
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

27 201
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 28 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 29 10
MIDODRINE HCL

Midodrine hydrochloride tab... +

Midodrine hydrochloride tablets are indicated for the treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

30 232
KIONEX 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

31 404
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

31 50
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 137
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 84
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

35 95
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 35 12
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 Feb. 8, 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.
  • 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.