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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,305Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 73

$1.69M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 73

1,747 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

17% 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 Louisiana
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 1,747 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 1,621 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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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 *

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$1.06M

2012

$1.37M

2013

$1.73M

2014

$1.69M

2015

Number of Claims

16,612

2012

21,407

2013

26,060

2014

24,305

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

1,434

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,363

prescriptions.

261

patients, 15% of all patients

1 1
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,394

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,337

prescriptions.

251

patients, 14% of all patients

2 3
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

1,101

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,022

prescriptions.

210

patients, 12% of all patients

3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,099

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,002

prescriptions.

193

patients, 11% of all patients

4 2
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

880

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

824

prescriptions.

151

patients, 9% of all patients

5 13
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

821

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

719

prescriptions.

178

patients, 10% of all patients

6 7
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

794

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

727

prescriptions.

130

patients, 7% of all patients

7 10
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

776

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

741

prescriptions.

142

patients, 8% of all patients

10 8 30
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

619

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

588

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

10 9 26
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

608

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

570

prescriptions.

117

patients, 7% of all patients

10 4
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

584

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

565

prescriptions.

115

patients, 7% of all patients

11 21
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

583

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

110

patients, 6% of all patients

12 6
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

579

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

93

patients, 5% of all patients

13 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

570

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

520

prescriptions.

112

patients, 6% of all patients

14 16
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

488

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

477

prescriptions.

82

patients, 5% of all patients

15 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

470

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

86

patients, 5% of all patients

16 38
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

466

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

439

prescriptions.

86

patients, 5% of all patients

17 24
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

443

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

419

prescriptions.

93

patients, 5% of all patients

18 9
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

411

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

87

patients, 5% of all patients

19 8
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

410

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

67

patients, 4% of all patients

20 11
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

Flecainide is used to prevent certain types of life-threatening irregular heartbeats. Source: National Library of Medicine

405

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

21 57
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

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

396

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

10 22 56
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

375

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

77

patients, 4% of all patients

23 17
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

351

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

24 65
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

304

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

56

patients, 3% of all patients

25 19
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

302

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

26 27
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

294

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

65

patients, 4% of all patients

27 22
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

281

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

28 14
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

274

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

29 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

266

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

30 40
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

264

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

53

patients, 3% of all patients

R 31 35
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

250

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

32 20
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

238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

57

patients, 3% of all patients

33 54
FENOFIBRIC ACID*

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

232

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

34 67
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

212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

35 44
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

R 36 37
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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

37 15
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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

38 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

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

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

39 53
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

40 55
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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

41 94
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

42 31
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

43 49
CARTIA XT

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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

44 64
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

45 43
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

46 18
SOTALOL AF 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

10 47 109
BRILINTA

Used along with aspirin to ... +

Used along with aspirin to prevent serious or life-threatening problems with the heart and blood vessels in people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

48 60
DILTIAZEM ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

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

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

49 72
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

50 92
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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

51 83
VYTORIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

52 87
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

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

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

52 63
NISOLDIPINE 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

54 115
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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

55 48
COREG CR 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 55 116
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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

57 51
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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

58 28
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

59 79
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

60 109
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 60 91
TIKOSYN 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 60 74
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

63 29
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

64 39
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 65 84
AFEDITAB CR 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 65 134
RIFAMPIN 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

65 134
TAZTIA XT

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 68 139
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 Sept. 23, 2016.
  • 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.