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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,865Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 329

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 329

1,139 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older

67% 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 825 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 825 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

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 *

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$299K

2012

$449K

2013

$650K

2014

$1.08M

2015

Number of Claims

6,752

2012

9,956

2013

11,296

2014

12,865

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
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

1,168

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

908

prescriptions.

295

patients, 26% of all patients

1 9
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,078

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

717

prescriptions.

245

patients, 22% of all patients

2 1
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

889

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

714

prescriptions.

208

patients, 18% of all patients

3 6
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

787

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

645

prescriptions.

194

patients, 17% of all patients

4 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

750

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

611

prescriptions.

162

patients, 14% of all patients

5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

625

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

506

prescriptions.

155

patients, 14% of all patients

6 2
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

564

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

120

patients, 11% of all patients

7 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

505

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

345

prescriptions.

122

patients, 11% of all patients

8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

486

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

412

prescriptions.

120

patients, 11% of all patients

9 13
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

424

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

104

patients, 9% of all patients

10 25
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

378

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

79

patients, 7% of all patients

11 12
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

63

patients, 6% of all patients

12 56
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

57

patients, 5% of all patients

13 17
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

225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

68

patients, 6% of all patients

14 8
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

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

15 36
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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

16 14
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

17 20
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

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

57

patients, 5% of all patients

18 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

19 35
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

20 26
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

172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

21 15
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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

22 41
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

R 23 40
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

24 19
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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

25 34
PROPAFENONE HCL

Propafenone is used to trea... +

Propafenone is used to treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and to maintain a normal heart rate. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

26 44
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

27 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

27 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

29 24
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

94

patients, 8% of all patients

29 21
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

31 16
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

32 22
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

R 33 27
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

Treats heart rhythm problems in patients who have a history of atrial fibrillation. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

33 54
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

33 23
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

36 52
PENTOXIFYLLINE

Treats problems from poor b... +

Treats problems from poor blood circulation by improving the flow of blood through blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

37 169
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

38 69
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

39 51
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

40 76
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. 13, 2011.
  • 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.