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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,747Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 1430

$1.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 1430

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

93% 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

28% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 396 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

8% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$145 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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

$2.07M

2012

$2.13M

2013

$1.95M

2014

$1.84M

2015

Number of Claims

16,703

2012

16,762

2013

14,490

2014

12,747

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

631

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

577

prescriptions.

131

patients, 31% of all patients

1 5
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

507

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

481

prescriptions.

100

patients, 23% of all patients

2 13
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

473

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

454

prescriptions.

77

patients, 18% of all patients

3 41
BRILINTA

Used along with aspirin to ... +

Used along with aspirin to prevent serious or life-threatening problems with the heart and blood vessels in people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

457

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

123

patients, 29% of all patients

10 4 84
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

367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

90

patients, 21% of all patients

5 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

365

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

80

patients, 19% of all patients

6 1
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

358

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

95

patients, 22% of all patients

7 7
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

69

patients, 16% of all patients

8 61
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

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

325

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

69

patients, 16% of all patients

9 46
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

294

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

82

patients, 19% of all patients

10 35
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

285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

78

patients, 18% of all patients

11 8
LIVALO

Used together with diet, we... +

Used together with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ('bad cholesterol') in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ('good cholesterol'). Source: National Library of Medicine

280

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

10 12 146
VASCEPA 277

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

13 57
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

14 20
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

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

15 3
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

16 125
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

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

61

patients, 14% of all patients

17 17
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

18 16
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

19 172
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

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

20 62
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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

21 74
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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

22 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin 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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

23 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

24 15
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

25 213
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

26 68
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

27 24
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

27 124
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

29 91
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

Treats problems with urination caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

29 142
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

31 69
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

32 26
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

32 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

34 33
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

35 169
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

36 114
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

37 77
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

38 34
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

39 70
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

39 76
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

41 14
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

78

patients, 18% of all patients

A 41 228
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

43 193
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

44 93
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

45 132
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

46 19
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

46 10
NOVOTWIST 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

10 48 331
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

61

patients, 14% of all patients

49 107
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

50 50
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 51 109
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

52 115
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

53 94
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

54 27
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

55 31
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

56 2
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

56 221
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 58 126
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

58 155
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 58 195
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 12, 2009.
  • 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.