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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,338Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 35

$403K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 35

1,229 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

25% 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 Arkansas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,050 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

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

19 of this provider’s 1,229 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

28 of this provider’s 1,050 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

27 of this provider’s 1,229 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$444K

2012

$431K

2013

$433K

2014

$403K

2015

Number of Claims

9,169

2012

10,764

2013

11,502

2014

11,338

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
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

1,610

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

1,290

prescriptions.

442

patients, 36% of all patients

1 1
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

634

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

592

prescriptions.

122

patients, 10% of all patients

2 15
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

609

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

540

prescriptions.

105

patients, 9% of all patients

3 8
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

559

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

108

patients, 9% of all patients

4 10
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

554

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

118

patients, 10% of all patients

5 6
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

534

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

501

prescriptions.

103

patients, 8% of all patients

6 16
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

436

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

401

prescriptions.

97

patients, 8% of all patients

7 5
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

417

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

107

patients, 9% of all patients

8 4
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

411

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

87

patients, 7% of all patients

9 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

399

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

88

patients, 7% of all patients

10 7
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

331

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

67

patients, 5% of all patients

11 11
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

12 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

13 14
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

14 27
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

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

15 9
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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% 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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

17 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

18 34
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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

19 40
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

20 39
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

21 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

22 3
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

23 43
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

91

patients, 7% of all patients

24 23
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

25 20
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

26 75
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

27 35
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

28 60
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

29 59
TRIBENZOR 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

30 78
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

R 31 22
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

32 37
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

33 36
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

34 32
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

35 25
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

36 84
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

37 29
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

38 88
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

39 72
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 39 62
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 39 31
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

42 93
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 Jan. 24, 2013.
  • 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.