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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,030Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 708 out of 1404

$249K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 854 out of 1404

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

49% 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

3% of this provider’s 404 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

5% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 404 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

7% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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

$809K

2012

$823K

2013

$881K

2014

$249K

2015

Number of Claims

23,694

2012

27,662

2013

25,707

2014

6,030

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

303

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

287

prescriptions.

78

patients, 18% of all patients

1 4
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

248

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

2 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

245

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

64

patients, 15% of all patients

3 2
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

231

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

60

patients, 14% of all patients

4 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

218

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

66

patients, 15% of all patients

5 6
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

6 7
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, 3% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

7 10
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

8 21
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

9 32
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

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

10 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

11 8
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

116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

12 12
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

13 18
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

14 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

15 13
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

16 22
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

17 23
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

18 46
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

19 36
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

20 38
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

21 11
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 22 57
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 23 48
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

24 14
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

25 27
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

26 31
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

26 52
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

28 39
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

29 24
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

30 29
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

31 19
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

32 17
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 32 128
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 Sept. 5, 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.