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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,605Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 69

$658K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 69

1,398 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

9% 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 Utah
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,354 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

11% of this provider’s 1,398 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 1,354 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

2% of this provider’s 1,398 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$371K

2012

$392K

2013

$479K

2014

$658K

2015

Number of Claims

7,701

2012

8,680

2013

9,057

2014

10,605

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
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,242

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,212

prescriptions.

353

patients, 25% of all patients

10 1 17
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

914

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

886

prescriptions.

238

patients, 17% of all patients

2 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

865

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

837

prescriptions.

256

patients, 18% of all patients

3 6
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

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

850

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

826

prescriptions.

232

patients, 17% of all patients

10 4 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

407

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

126

patients, 9% of all patients

5 12
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

404

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

95

patients, 7% of all patients

6 14
PROPAFENONE HCL

Propafenone is used to trea... +

Propafenone is used to treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and to maintain a normal heart rate. Source: National Library of Medicine

402

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

120

patients, 9% of all patients

7 32
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

118

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

330

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

325

prescriptions.

109

patients, 8% of all patients

9 18
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

294

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

84

patients, 6% of all patients

10 2
TIKOSYN 239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

11 38
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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

12 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

13 3
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

64

patients, 5% of all patients

14 24
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

15 10
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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

16 9
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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

55

patients, 4% of all patients

17 11
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

18 8
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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

55

patients, 4% of all patients

19 16
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

20 25
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

21 27
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

22 15
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

23 23
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

24 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

113

patients, 8% of all patients

A 25 54
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

26 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

27 1
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

76

patients, 5% of all patients

28 62
SOTALOL AF 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

29 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

30 26
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

31 44
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

R 32 29
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

32 28
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 34 50
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

35 59
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

36 45
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 Aug. 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.