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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,830Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 84

$1.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 84

573 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
45% Patients 65 Years and Older

78% 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

18% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 260 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$222 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $243 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$1.19M

2012

$1.4M

2013

$1.56M

2014

$1.96M

2015

Number of Claims

8,335

2012

8,088

2013

8,463

2014

8,830

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
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

1,111

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

502

prescriptions.

322

patients, 56% of all patients

1 1
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

590

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

202

patients, 35% of all patients

2 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

461

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

147

patients, 26% of all patients

3 27
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

89

patients, 16% of all patients

4 8
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

65

patients, 11% of all patients

5 55
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

71

patients, 12% of all patients

5 13
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

57

patients, 10% of all patients

7 28
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

8 4
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

9 38
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM

Liothyronine, a thyroid hor... +

Liothyronine, 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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

10 33
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

11 41
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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

12 21
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

13 76
HUMULIN R U-500 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

14 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

15 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

15 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

17 49
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

18 42
FLUNISOLIDE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

19 91
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

20 14
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

20 12
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

22 71
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

23 95
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

23 74
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE

This is used on the skin or... +

This is used on the skin or in the genital area to cause numbness or loss of feeling before certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

25 98
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

26 32
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL

The combination of glyburid... +

The combination of glyburide and metformin is used 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) in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

R 27 104
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

28 107
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

28 46
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

30 17
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

31 80
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

32 31
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

A 32 117
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

34 15
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

34 2
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 47
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

37 26
GLUCAGON EMERGENCY KIT 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

37 130
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

39 67
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 KWIKPEN 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 56
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

41 29
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 31, 2008.
  • 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.