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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,068Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 126

$479K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 126

1,286 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

9% 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 Kansas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,214 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

2% of this provider’s 1,286 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 1,214 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

$34 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$491K

2012

$417K

2013

$463K

2014

$479K

2015

Number of Claims

13,173

2012

13,248

2013

13,724

2014

14,068

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

1,062

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,014

prescriptions.

191

patients, 15% of all patients

1 6
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

935

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

889

prescriptions.

146

patients, 11% of all patients

2 5
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

808

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

788

prescriptions.

152

patients, 12% of all patients

3 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

681

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

629

prescriptions.

125

patients, 10% of all patients

4 3
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

590

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

552

prescriptions.

114

patients, 9% of all patients

5 8
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

543

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

526

prescriptions.

112

patients, 9% of all patients

6 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

533

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

485

prescriptions.

89

patients, 7% of all patients

7 1
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

489

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

83

patients, 6% of all patients

8 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

439

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

434

prescriptions.

90

patients, 7% of all patients

9 12
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

431

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

401

prescriptions.

78

patients, 6% of all patients

10 11
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

400

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

72

patients, 6% of all patients

11 15
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

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

371

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

63

patients, 5% of all patients

12 52
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

359

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

75

patients, 6% of all patients

13 33
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

346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

70

patients, 5% of all patients

14 10
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

341

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

93

patients, 7% of all patients

10 15 26
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

324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

60

patients, 5% of all patients

16 13
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

304

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

299

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

17 17
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

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

294

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

67

patients, 5% of all patients

18 31
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

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

19 9
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

251

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

20 28
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

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

21 20
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

190

patients, 15% of all patients

22 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

230

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

23 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

24 32
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

R 25 22
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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

26 64
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

27 18
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

67

patients, 5% of all patients

27 50
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

29 30
DIGITEK

Treats congestive heart fai... +

Treats congestive heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

R 30 41
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

31 35
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

R 32 37
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

33 21
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

34 14
EFFIENT

Used to prevent strokes, he... +

Used to prevent strokes, heart attacks, or other serious problems with your heart or blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

35 43
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

36 16
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

37 19
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

37 29
PRADAXA

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) in patients who have been treated with an injectable anticoagulant (''blood thinner''). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

37 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

40 39
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

41 48
TELMISARTAN

Telmisartan is used alone o... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

42 90
PROPRANOLOL HCL ER

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), certain types of tremor, and hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (a heart muscle disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 43 92
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 Oct. 19, 2007.
  • 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.