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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,353Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 1520

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 1520

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

93% 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 New York
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

5% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 671 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

2% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$1.09M

2012

$1.09M

2013

$1.28M

2014

$1.42M

2015

Number of Claims

11,953

2012

11,676

2013

12,806

2014

13,353

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
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

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

610

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

605

prescriptions.

108

patients, 15% of all patients

10 1 78
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

581

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

542

prescriptions.

81

patients, 11% of all patients

2 9
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

552

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

541

prescriptions.

105

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
TRIBENZOR 489

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

463

prescriptions.

90

patients, 13% of all patients

10 4 116
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

441

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

424

prescriptions.

76

patients, 11% of all patients

5 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

409

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

6 1
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

385

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

70

patients, 10% of all patients

7 31
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

380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

8 11
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

349

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

9 6
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

10 4
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

300

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

59

patients, 8% of all patients

11 24
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

252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

12 20
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

236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

13 7
EPLERENONE 221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

10 14 107
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

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

15 16
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

16 5
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

17 92
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

18 12
PRADAXA

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) in patients who have been treated with an injectable anticoagulant (''blood thinner''). Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

19 32
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

20 66
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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

21 14
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

22 35
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

23 46
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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

24 48
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

25 37
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

26 15
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

R 27 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

28 28
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

29 77
COREG CR 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

<11 30 170
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

31 99
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 51
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

Treats heart rhythm problems in patients who have a history of atrial fibrillation. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 83
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

34 49
EDARBI 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

10 35 216
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

36 75
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

37 13
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

37 128
NISOLDIPINE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

<11 10 39 304
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

40 134
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

41 26
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 42 33
QUINAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

43 315
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

R 44 30
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

45 87
TOPROL XL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

<11 46 64
PLAVIX 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 46 215
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

48 29
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

49 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

50 36
MOEXIPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

10 50 325
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

52 23
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 18
LIDODERM

Treats nerve pain that is c... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 183
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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

54 21
EDARBYCLOR 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

56 188
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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

57 41
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 58 25
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 17
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 60 39
LIVALO

Used together with diet, we... +

Used together with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ('bad cholesterol') in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ('good cholesterol'). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 61 195
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

62 63
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. 9, 2012.
  • 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.