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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,024Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 136

$696K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 136

989 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

19% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 881 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

3% of this provider’s 989 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 881 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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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 *

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$615K

2012

$607K

2013

$651K

2014

$696K

2015

Number of Claims

8,934

2012

9,224

2013

9,172

2014

9,024

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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O

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 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

919

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

786

prescriptions.

208

patients, 21% of all patients

1 3
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

704

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

147

patients, 15% of all patients

2 6
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

575

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

504

prescriptions.

133

patients, 13% of all patients

3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

548

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

461

prescriptions.

122

patients, 12% of all patients

4 1
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

446

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

112

patients, 11% of all patients

5 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

445

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

95

patients, 10% of all patients

6 9
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

316

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

7 10
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

272

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

8 14
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

271

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

9 2
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

240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

59

patients, 6% of all patients

10 11
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

R 11 25
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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

12 15
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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

13 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

14 18
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

15 13
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

158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

16 12
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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

17 4
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

18 16
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

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

19 20
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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

20 19
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

21 21
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

22 36
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

Treats heart rhythm problems in patients who have a history of atrial fibrillation. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

23 43
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

24 33
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

25 17
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

R 26 55
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

27 23
DIGITEK

Treats congestive heart fai... +

Treats congestive heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 60
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

29 42
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

30 37
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

30 26
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

30 28
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.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

33 49
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

33 38
PROPAFENONE HCL

Propafenone is used to trea... +

Propafenone is used to treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and to maintain a normal heart rate. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

35 77
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 63
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 7, 2015.
  • 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.