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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,073Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 329

$435K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 329

1,162 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

27% 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 1,030 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

3% of this provider’s 1,030 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

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

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$369K

2012

$348K

2013

$385K

2014

$435K

2015

Number of Claims

8,319

2012

9,033

2013

10,106

2014

10,073

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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O

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

747

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

660

prescriptions.

164

patients, 14% of all patients

1 2
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

653

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

543

prescriptions.

137

patients, 12% of all patients

2 1
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

608

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

549

prescriptions.

123

patients, 11% of all patients

3 3
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

543

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

538

prescriptions.

89

patients, 8% of all patients

4 10
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

492

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

412

prescriptions.

104

patients, 9% of all patients

5 4
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

491

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

444

prescriptions.

98

patients, 8% of all patients

6 11
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

467

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

118

patients, 10% of all patients

7 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

387

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

97

patients, 8% of all patients

8 7
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

347

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

81

patients, 7% of all patients

9 12
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

324

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

72

patients, 6% of all patients

10 6
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

11 23
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

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

12 9
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

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

13 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

14 13
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

15 20
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

16 39
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

17 38
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

18 16
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

19 17
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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

20 14
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

21 25
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

78

patients, 7% of all patients

22 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

23 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

24 35
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

25 64
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

26 31
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

27 61
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

R 27 27
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

29 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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

30 32
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

31 15
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

31 128
DILT-XR

Treats high blood pressure,... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

31 136
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

31 19
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

35 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

36 48
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

36 43
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

R 36 40
DILTIAZEM ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

39 82
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

40 50
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 41 37
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

Prevents chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

42 57
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 42 54
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

44 26
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. 29, 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.