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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,733Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 1430

$716K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 90 out of 1430

645 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

32% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 583 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

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 583 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 645 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$524K

2012

$619K

2013

$656K

2014

$716K

2015

Number of Claims

7,572

2012

8,477

2013

9,364

2014

10,733

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

972

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

878

prescriptions.

177

patients, 27% of all patients

1 4
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

815

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

750

prescriptions.

165

patients, 26% of all patients

2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

693

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

615

prescriptions.

126

patients, 20% of all patients

3 1
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

660

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

590

prescriptions.

112

patients, 17% of all patients

4 2
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

491

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

472

prescriptions.

84

patients, 13% of all patients

5 19
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

408

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

81

patients, 13% of all patients

6 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

407

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

7 8
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

362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

73

patients, 11% of all patients

8 14
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

344

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

76

patients, 12% of all patients

9 5
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

282

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

10 30
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

275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

11 23
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

12 11
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

13 16
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

14 38
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

15 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

16 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

17 15
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

18 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

19 96
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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

20 9
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

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

21 51
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

R 22 25
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

23 35
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

24 56
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

25 22
LANOXIN 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

R 10 25 263
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

27 10
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 90
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

R 29 44
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

30 27
DILTIAZEM HCL

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

30 116
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

32 26
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

33 81
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

34 63
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 29
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

35 143
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

37 36
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 7
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

39 32
EDARBI 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 40 178
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

41 17
EDARBYCLOR 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 42 162
DILT-XR

Treats high blood pressure,... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

42 235
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

44 28
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 Nov. 7, 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.