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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,309Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 483

$474K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 483

669 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

47% 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 Massachusetts
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

6% of this provider’s 669 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 578 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 669 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 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

$330K

2012

$326K

2013

$363K

2014

$474K

2015

Number of Claims

7,883

2012

8,805

2013

9,791

2014

10,309

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

763

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

656

prescriptions.

142

patients, 21% of all patients

1 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

710

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

632

prescriptions.

144

patients, 22% of all patients

2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

610

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

122

patients, 18% of all patients

3 2
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

448

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

4 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

435

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

85

patients, 13% of all patients

5 5
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

432

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

87

patients, 13% of all patients

6 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

404

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

82

patients, 12% of all patients

7 4
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

376

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

8 13
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

364

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

76

patients, 11% of all patients

9 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

364

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

78

patients, 12% of all patients

9 8
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

320

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

63

patients, 9% of all patients

11 11
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

316

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

12 17
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

13 15
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

236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

14 14
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

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

15 31
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

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

16 19
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

17 16
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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

18 10
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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

19 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

20 41
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

21 33
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

21 23
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

23 45
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

24 35
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

24 9
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

24 21
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

27 28
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

28 36
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

29 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 30 26
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

31 25
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

32 38
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 61
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 29
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

35 40
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

36 71
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 64
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 38 65
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

R 39 22
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 40 83
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. 17, 2016.
  • 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.