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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,746Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 329

$739K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 329

474 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% 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 418 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

3% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 418 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

0% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

22% 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

18 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

$373K

2012

$526K

2013

$570K

2014

$739K

2015

Number of Claims

5,636

2012

6,805

2013

7,762

2014

8,746

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

736

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

656

prescriptions.

163

patients, 34% of all patients

1 2
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

500

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

430

prescriptions.

92

patients, 19% of all patients

2 8
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

436

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

94

patients, 20% of all patients

3 6
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

362

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

70

patients, 15% of all patients

4 1
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

342

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

55

patients, 12% of all patients

5 53
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

318

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

71

patients, 15% of all patients

6 5
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

314

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

7 11
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

72

patients, 15% of all patients

8 7
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

9 24
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

232

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

51

patients, 11% of all patients

10 12
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

226

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

11 14
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

201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

12 10
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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

13 31
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

14 20
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

15 15
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

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

16 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

17 13
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

18 4
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

19 37
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

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

20 9
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

21 34
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

22 43
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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

23 55
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

24 67
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

25 26
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

26 3
CLONIDINE

Used alone or together with... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

27 104
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

28 35
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

29 36
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

30 30
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 16
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 18
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

33 22
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

34 32
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 34 38
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

36 17
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 112
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 38 80
CARTIA XT

Used alone or together with... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 39 39
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. 11, 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.