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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,204Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 261

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 261

1,563 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

34% 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 Louisiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,389 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 1,563 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 1,389 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 1,563 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$1.23M

2012

$1.42M

2013

$1.41M

2014

$1.42M

2015

Number of Claims

21,436

2012

23,335

2013

22,756

2014

23,204

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
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

2,221

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

1,903

prescriptions.

363

patients, 23% of all patients

10 1 40
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,492

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,237

prescriptions.

268

patients, 17% of all patients

2 5
TIKOSYN 1,243

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,144

prescriptions.

156

patients, 10% of all patients

10 3 65
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

888

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

869

prescriptions.

144

patients, 9% of all patients

10 4 24
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

856

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

760

prescriptions.

152

patients, 10% of all patients

5 3
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

753

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

700

prescriptions.

113

patients, 7% of all patients

6 38
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

681

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

577

prescriptions.

135

patients, 9% of all patients

7 6
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

681

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

627

prescriptions.

107

patients, 7% of all patients

7 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

664

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

644

prescriptions.

139

patients, 9% of all patients

10 9 52
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

623

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

550

prescriptions.

91

patients, 6% of all patients

10 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

620

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

583

prescriptions.

135

patients, 9% of all patients

10 11 60
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

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

618

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

600

prescriptions.

105

patients, 7% of all patients

12 48
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

612

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

555

prescriptions.

127

patients, 8% of all patients

13 54
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

599

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

558

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

14 10
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

569

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

541

prescriptions.

141

patients, 9% of all patients

10 15 50
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

533

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

470

prescriptions.

102

patients, 7% of all patients

16 7
DILTIAZEM ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

529

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

490

prescriptions.

106

patients, 7% of all patients

10 17 69
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

483

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

433

prescriptions.

76

patients, 5% of all patients

18 4
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

439

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

407

prescriptions.

84

patients, 5% of all patients

19 11
TRANDOLAPRIL 389

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

60

patients, 4% of all patients

10 20 118
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

325

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

81

patients, 5% of all patients

21 19
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

304

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

22 12
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

281

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

23 13
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

264

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

24 73
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

261

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

25 14
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

258

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

26 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

237

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

27 1
DILT-XR

Treats high blood pressure,... +

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

221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

10 28 146
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

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

219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

29 51
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

218

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

30 35
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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

39

patients, 2% of all patients

31 2
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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

32 36
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

33 9
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

34 70
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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

35 20
TAZTIA 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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

10 36 173
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

37 16
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

38 8
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

R 39 22
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

40 45
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

108

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

41 37
PRAZOSIN HCL

Prazosin is used alone or i... +

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

106

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

42 207
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

102

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

43 59
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

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

44 43
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

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

45 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

46 72
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 47 34
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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

48 25
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE

Replaces certain hormones w... +

Replaces certain hormones when the body does not make enough, such as in Addison's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 125
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

<11 50 79
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 51 57
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 52 31
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

53 126
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

O 54 165
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 55 76
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

56 29
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

57 93
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

57 187
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

R 59 132
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 60 39
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 60 107
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 60 74
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. 24, 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.