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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,914Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 1204

$696K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 1204

1,188 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

30% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,017 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

4% of this provider’s 1,188 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 1,017 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

4% of this provider’s 1,188 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

22% 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

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$421K

2012

$454K

2013

$585K

2014

$696K

2015

Number of Claims

8,832

2012

10,002

2013

10,626

2014

10,914

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
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

750

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

654

prescriptions.

175

patients, 15% of all patients

1 4
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

692

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

605

prescriptions.

163

patients, 14% of all patients

2 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

571

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

485

prescriptions.

162

patients, 14% of all patients

3 9
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

557

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

493

prescriptions.

137

patients, 12% of all patients

4 6
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

527

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

144

patients, 12% of all patients

5 8
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

409

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

101

patients, 9% of all patients

6 2
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

352

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

90

patients, 8% of all patients

7 5
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

327

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

82

patients, 7% of all patients

8 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

302

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

85

patients, 7% of all patients

9 1
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

281

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

71

patients, 6% of all patients

10 19
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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

11 15
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

R 12 24
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

13 3
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

14 26
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

15 13
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

16 10
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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

17 36
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

18 35
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

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

19 29
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

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

20 18
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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

21 11
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

22 16
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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

23 23
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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

24 82
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

25 43
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

26 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

27 37
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 40
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

29 22
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

30 44
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

31 47
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

32 32
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

33 25
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

34 39
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

35 33
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

35 30
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

37 91
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

38 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

39 17
VERAPAMIL HCL

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

40 297
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

41 119
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

42 78
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

43 21
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

44 99
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

R 45 60
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 46 34
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

47 271
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 19, 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.