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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,663Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 1430

$838K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 1430

722 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
94% 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 California
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

18% of this provider’s 722 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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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 *

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$1.07M

2012

$903K

2013

$871K

2014

$838K

2015

Number of Claims

17,845

2012

18,057

2013

16,589

2014

15,663

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
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

1,846

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,841

prescriptions.

271

patients, 38% of all patients

1 7
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

1,013

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,008

prescriptions.

168

patients, 23% of all patients

2 3
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

720

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

715

prescriptions.

330

patients, 46% of all patients

10 3 28
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

558

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

532

prescriptions.

84

patients, 12% of all patients

4 8
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

531

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

531

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

5 13
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

400

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

6 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

380

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

57

patients, 8% of all patients

7 1
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

369

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

63

patients, 9% of all patients

8 2
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

366

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

9 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

334

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

10 49
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

315

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

11 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

295

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

R 12 53
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

13 67
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

14 41
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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

15 14
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

16 46
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

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

221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

17 71
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

18 91
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

19 124
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

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

20 26
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

21 68
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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

22 4
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

23 138
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

24 56
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

24 108
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

R 26 25
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

27 24
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

27 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin 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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

29 39
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

76

patients, 11% of all patients

A 29 78
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

R 31 44
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

31 17
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 27
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

34 50
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

35 9
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 20
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

37 178
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

38 169
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

39 42
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

40 59
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

41 16
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 38
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

43 43
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

<11 44 10
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

44 104
NIFEDICAL XL

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

44 131
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

<11 47 35
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

48 132
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, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

48 54
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

50 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

51 100
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

52 195
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

53 201
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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 54 34
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 5
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

56 89
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 57 61
LIDODERM

Treats nerve pain that is c... +

Treats nerve pain that is caused by herpes zoster, or "shingles. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

58 188
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 59 70
DILTIAZEM HCL

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

60 116
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 60 130
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

60 94
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 63 159
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 64 113
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 Nov. 26, 2014.
  • 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.