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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,196Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 1430

$671K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 105 out of 1430

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

97% 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 California
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

7% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 508 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 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

$554K

2012

$549K

2013

$680K

2014

$671K

2015

Number of Claims

9,500

2012

9,750

2013

10,706

2014

10,196

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
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

745

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

732

prescriptions.

97

patients, 19% of all patients

1 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

648

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

643

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

2 4
CAPTOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

595

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

595

prescriptions.

80

patients, 15% of all patients

10 3 119
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

450

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

450

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

4 12
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

445

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

5 7
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

359

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

309

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

7 15
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

8 5
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

272

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

9 17
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

266

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

10 38
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

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

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

11 80
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

245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

12 23
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

13 30
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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

14 21
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

15 41
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

16 35
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

17 11
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

18 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

19 1
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

20 9
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

21 16
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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

22 8
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

23 10
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

R 24 44
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

25 27
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

26 28
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

27 71
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

28 50
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

<11 28 14
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

30 54
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

31 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

32 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 36
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 108
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

35 94
KLOR-CON 8 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

36 136
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 19
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 86
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 39 29
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

39 18
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 39 66
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 6
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

63

prescriptions.

<11 43 131
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 44 60
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 45 22
TRIBENZOR 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 46 144
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 June 12, 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.