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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,929Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 231

$622K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 231

700 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

4% 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 South Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 680 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

8% of this provider’s 680 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

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$485K

2012

$524K

2013

$593K

2014

$622K

2015

Number of Claims

5,787

2012

6,338

2013

6,921

2014

6,929

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
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

423

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

105

patients, 15% of all patients

1 4
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

352

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

335

prescriptions.

84

patients, 12% of all patients

2 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

291

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

3 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

286

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

4 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

286

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

74

patients, 11% of all patients

4 7
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

280

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

75

patients, 11% of all patients

6 9
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

255

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

7 21
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

253

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

69

patients, 10% of all patients

8 11
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

9 5
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

10 33
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

225

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

11 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

212

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

12 3
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

196

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

13 13
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

194

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

14 1
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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

15 16
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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

16 12
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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

17 17
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

18 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

19 19
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

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

20 34
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

21 18
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 22 23
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

23 29
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

R 24 46
TIKOSYN 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

25 53
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

26 42
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

27 44
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

28 24
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

29 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 30 31
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 10
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 32 56
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

32 39
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

34 15
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 Nov. 5, 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.