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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,815Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 1520

$1.81M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 1520

1,544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

91% 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 New York
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

4% of this provider’s 1,544 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 1,492 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

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$102 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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

$1.45M

2012

$1.41M

2013

$1.77M

2014

$1.81M

2015

Number of Claims

13,837

2012

14,171

2013

17,123

2014

17,815

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
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

1,216

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,171

prescriptions.

300

patients, 19% of all patients

1 15
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

1,084

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,033

prescriptions.

273

patients, 18% of all patients

2 2
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

1,079

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,038

prescriptions.

258

patients, 17% of all patients

3 6
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

861

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

816

prescriptions.

164

patients, 11% of all patients

10 4 26
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

753

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

748

prescriptions.

193

patients, 13% of all patients

5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

696

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

652

prescriptions.

185

patients, 12% of all patients

6 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

658

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

617

prescriptions.

179

patients, 12% of all patients

7 5
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

653

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

568

prescriptions.

155

patients, 10% of all patients

8 11
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

567

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

544

prescriptions.

126

patients, 8% of all patients

9 48
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

432

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

117

patients, 8% of all patients

10 7
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

397

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

119

patients, 8% of all patients

11 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

389

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

12 9
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

385

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

78

patients, 5% of all patients

13 16
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

311

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

71

patients, 5% of all patients

14 12
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

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

80

patients, 5% of all patients

15 27
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

69

patients, 4% of all patients

16 51
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

277

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

74

patients, 5% of all patients

17 13
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

225

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

65

patients, 4% of all patients

18 21
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

211

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

115

patients, 7% of all patients

19 38
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

20 4
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

21 46
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

22 8
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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

70

patients, 5% of all patients

23 85
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

24 100
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (change of life; end of menstrual periods). Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

25 90
BRILINTA

Used along with aspirin to ... +

Used along with aspirin to prevent serious or life-threatening problems with the heart and blood vessels in people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

26 106
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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

27 58
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

28 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

29 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

30 35
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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

31 25
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

R 32 47
MOMETASONE FUROATE

Mometasone is used to relie... +

Mometasone is used to relieve the itching and inflammation of numerous skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

33 234
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

33 39
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

35 23
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

36 19
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

37 69
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

38 99
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

R 39 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

R 40 33
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

41 140
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

42 141
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

43 28
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

44 44
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

Treats problems with urination caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

45 176
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

46 92
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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

47 18
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

48 143
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

49 86
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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

49 41
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

51 29
PLAVIX 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

51 215
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

51 87
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

54 14
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

55 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

56 22
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

57 153
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

Treats dry, scaly skin conditions called xerosis and ichthyosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

58 138
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

59 50
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

59 94
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

61 42
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 62 20
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 May 20, 2014.
  • 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.