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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,634Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 314 providers in this state and specialty

$2.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 314 providers in this state and specialty

779 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% 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 California
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

8% of this provider’s 779 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 779 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$150 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $83 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.91M

2014

$2.22M

2015

$2.05M

2016

Number of Claims

15,633

2014

16,675

2015

13,634

2016

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.

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 743

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

693

prescriptions.

242

patients, 31% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 723

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

698

prescriptions.

237

patients, 30% of all patients

2 1
CLOPIDOGREL 610

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

582

prescriptions.

189

patients, 24% of all patients

3 4
CRESTOR 459

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

423

prescriptions.

146

patients, 19% of all patients

4 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 457

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

146

patients, 19% of all patients

5 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

122

patients, 16% of all patients

6 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 364

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

131

patients, 17% of all patients

7 9
RANEXA 347

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

100

patients, 13% of all patients

8 26
VALSARTAN 303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

9 21
AMIODARONE HCL 269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

87

patients, 11% of all patients

10 16
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

86

patients, 11% of all patients

11 47
NEXIUM 255

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

81

patients, 10% of all patients

12 87
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

13 51
BRILINTA 253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

76

patients, 10% of all patients

14 42
ZETIA 252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

15 22
FUROSEMIDE 244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

96

patients, 12% of all patients

16 8
BENICAR 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

17 46
VASCEPA 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

18 62
SIMVASTATIN 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

62

patients, 8% of all patients

19 10
CARVEDILOL 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

20 2
LYRICA 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

21 76
SOTALOL 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

22 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

23 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

24 55
OMEPRAZOLE 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

25 39
DEXILANT 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

26 78
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

27 17
FENOFIBRIC ACID* 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

28 124
WARFARIN SODIUM 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

28 11
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

30 53
DIGOX 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

31 50
CREON 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

32 148
DIGOXIN 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

33 23
EFFIENT 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

34 45
BYSTOLIC 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

35 31
METFORMIN HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

36 40
XARELTO 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

36 13
SPIRIVA 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

38 135
WELCHOL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

39 137
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

40 89
CELECOXIB 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

40 120
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

42 18
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

43 154
FENOFIBRATE* 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

44 65
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

45 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

46 122
MELOXICAM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

47 99
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

48 29
PRADAXA 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

49 25
FAMOTIDINE* 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

50 67
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

51 90
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

52 41
FENOFIBRATE* 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

53 111
SYMBICORT 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 174
DONEPEZIL HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

54 93
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

56 98
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

57 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

58 7
RANITIDINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

58 75
ANORO ELLIPTA 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

60 151
ALLOPURINOL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

60 59
MULTAQ 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

62 52
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

63 186
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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. 5, 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.