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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,803Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 85

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 85

780 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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 755 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

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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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

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $117 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$1.31M

2012

$1.61M

2013

$1.55M

2014

$1.35M

2015

Number of Claims

17,827

2012

21,812

2013

18,906

2014

16,803

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
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

1,464

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,385

prescriptions.

187

patients, 24% of all patients

1 13
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

933

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

908

prescriptions.

120

patients, 15% of all patients

10 2 25
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

880

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

853

prescriptions.

101

patients, 13% of all patients

3 2
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

836

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

806

prescriptions.

94

patients, 12% of all patients

4 15
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

750

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

712

prescriptions.

94

patients, 12% of all patients

5 3
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

726

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

688

prescriptions.

76

patients, 10% of all patients

6 19
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

637

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

637

prescriptions.

79

patients, 10% of all patients

7 28
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

626

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

614

prescriptions.

71

patients, 9% of all patients

8 17
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

604

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

584

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

9 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

603

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

598

prescriptions.

95

patients, 12% of all patients

10 27
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

597

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

559

prescriptions.

75

patients, 10% of all patients

11 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

551

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

546

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% 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

537

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

516

prescriptions.

69

patients, 9% of all patients

13 21
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

521

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

493

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

14 16
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

452

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

15 33
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

446

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

16 1
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

377

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

17 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

344

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

18 34
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

294

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

19 38
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

279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

20 29
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

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

21 4
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

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

247

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

22 24
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

23 44
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

24 45
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

25 9
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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

26 18
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

27 7
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

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 23
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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

29 8
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

30 49
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

31 51
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

32 36
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

33 53
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

34 54
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 20
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

36 57
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

37 58
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

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 59
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

39 60
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 39 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 41 32
COREG CR 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 42 62
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

42 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

44 52
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 45 69
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN

This combination of medicin... +

This combination of medicines are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 45 69
VASCEPA 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

47 72
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 48 14
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 49 31
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 Jan. 17, 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.