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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,558Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 93 out of 192

$240K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 95 out of 192

545 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 462 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

4% of this provider’s 462 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

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 16%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$254K

2012

$224K

2013

$231K

2014

$240K

2015

Number of Claims

6,022

2012

6,678

2013

7,233

2014

7,558

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

664

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

574

prescriptions.

115

patients, 21% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

558

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

488

prescriptions.

102

patients, 19% of all patients

2 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

416

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

85

patients, 16% 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

325

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

74

patients, 14% of all patients

4 13
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

273

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

5 15
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

239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

6 10
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

223

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

7 6
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

214

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

8 5
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

206

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

9 3
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

206

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

9 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

11 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

12 29
MIDODRINE HCL

Midodrine hydrochloride tab... +

Midodrine hydrochloride tablets are indicated for the treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

13 151
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

14 38
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

15 12
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

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

16 42
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

17 17
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

18 25
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

19 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

20 45
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

21 30
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

22 14
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

23 62
COUMADIN

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

24 41
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

25 55
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

26 18
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

27 9
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 28 31
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

29 11
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

30 48
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

31 20
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

R 32 49
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 33 32
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

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 19
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

34 50
CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 36 66
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

37 47
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 23
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 26
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 38 27
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 41 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 42 100
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 April 30, 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.