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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,932Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 260

$457K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 260

696 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% 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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 613 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

18% of this provider’s 613 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 696 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$479K

2012

$399K

2013

$443K

2014

$457K

2015

Number of Claims

9,943

2012

9,877

2013

9,937

2014

9,932

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
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

565

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

498

prescriptions.

126

patients, 18% of all patients

1 5
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

538

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

121

patients, 17% of all patients

2 6
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

504

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

100

patients, 14% of all patients

3 9
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

484

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

442

prescriptions.

107

patients, 15% of all patients

4 11
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

465

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

91

patients, 13% of all patients

5 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

452

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

99

patients, 14% of all patients

6 3
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

452

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

412

prescriptions.

86

patients, 12% of all patients

6 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

393

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

8 13
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

359

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

87

patients, 13% of all patients

R 9 22
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

348

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

325

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

10 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

79

patients, 11% of all patients

11 1
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

291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

65

patients, 9% of all patients

12 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

285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

73

patients, 10% of all patients

13 7
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

257

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

65

patients, 9% of all patients

14 4
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

230

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

15 18
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

215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

16 17
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

130

patients, 19% of all patients

17 21
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

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

18 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

19 28
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

R 20 31
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

21 29
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

22 16
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

23 14
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

24 44
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

25 15
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

26 26
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

27 36
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.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

28 24
DIGITEK

Treats congestive heart fai... +

Treats congestive heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 29 50
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

30 53
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

30 10
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

32 37
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

Prevents chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 41
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 57
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

34 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 39
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

37 47
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 87
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 117
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

O 40 118
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 43
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 Sept. 21, 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.