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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,873Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 126

$471K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 126

693 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

21% 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 Kansas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 590 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

2% of this provider’s 693 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 590 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 693 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$707K

2012

$550K

2013

$563K

2014

$471K

2015

Number of Claims

14,291

2012

15,159

2013

15,124

2014

12,873

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,391

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,199

prescriptions.

269

patients, 39% of all patients

1 1
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

804

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

727

prescriptions.

142

patients, 20% of all patients

2 5
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

801

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

756

prescriptions.

137

patients, 20% of all patients

3 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

690

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

520

prescriptions.

131

patients, 19% of all patients

4 12
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

587

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

515

prescriptions.

119

patients, 17% of all patients

5 11
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

583

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

482

prescriptions.

113

patients, 16% of all patients

6 4
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

510

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

85

patients, 12% of all patients

7 10
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

486

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

95

patients, 14% of all patients

8 13
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

458

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

77

patients, 11% of all patients

9 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

446

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

84

patients, 12% of all patients

10 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

373

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

11 9
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

307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

12 44
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

288

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

13 19
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

14 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

15 32
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

16 2
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

17 69
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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

18 28
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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

19 16
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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 17
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

21 34
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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

22 15
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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

23 30
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

23 57
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

25 8
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

26 40
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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

26 18
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

76

patients, 11% of all patients

28 25
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

29 51
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

30 14
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

31 29
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

32 49
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

R 33 22
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

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

34 21
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

35 43
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 70
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 37 55
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

38 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

39 42
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 40 72
KLOR-CON M10

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 41 67
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 26
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 42 24
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

44 95
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 Feb. 10, 2011.
  • 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.