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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,147Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 166 out of 446

$215K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 236 out of 446

336 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70% Patients 65 Years and Older

48% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 236 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

10% of this provider’s 336 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 236 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

9% of this provider’s 336 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$118K

2012

$143K

2013

$222K

2014

$215K

2015

Number of Claims

3,268

2012

3,517

2013

4,337

2014

5,147

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
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

396

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

102

patients, 30% of all patients

1 20
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

393

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

132

patients, 39% of all patients

2 37
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

320

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

99

patients, 29% of all patients

3 1
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE

Bisoprolol is used alone or... +

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

311

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

71

patients, 21% of all patients

4 65
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

295

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

92

patients, 27% of all patients

5 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

288

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

99

patients, 29% of all patients

6 6
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

205

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

48

patients, 14% of all patients

7 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

195

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

56

patients, 17% of all patients

8 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

131

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

44

patients, 13% of all patients

9 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

10 22
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

11 53
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

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

12 8
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

13 95
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

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

14 43
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

15 56
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

16 7
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

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

17 21
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

18 82
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

18 13
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

20 10
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

21 12
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

22 35
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

23 16
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

24 47
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 July 8, 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.