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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 72

$455K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 72

500 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

36% 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 Rhode Island
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 378 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

0% of this provider’s 500 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 500 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$151K

2012

$244K

2013

$312K

2014

$455K

2015

Number of Claims

2,691

2012

4,960

2013

6,733

2014

7,670

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

724

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

508

prescriptions.

127

patients, 25% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

647

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

502

prescriptions.

115

patients, 23% of all patients

2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

608

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

506

prescriptions.

98

patients, 20% of all patients

3 1
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

476

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

4 12
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

452

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

73

patients, 15% of all patients

5 6
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE

Bisoprolol is used alone or... +

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

385

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

6 20
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

377

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

7 8
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

363

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

64

patients, 13% of all patients

8 11
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

294

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

277

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

10 9
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

232

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

11 65
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

214

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

12 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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

13 5
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

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

14 24
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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

15 7
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

16 36
MIDODRINE HCL

Midodrine hydrochloride tab... +

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

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

17 91
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

18 21
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 19 13
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

20 22
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

20 67
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

<11 22 31
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 23 19
TIKOSYN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 23 61
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

25 33
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 26 14
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

27 115
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 28 25
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 29 39
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 26, 2017.
  • 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.