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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,445Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 341 out of 635

$5.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 635

167 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54% Patients 65 Years and Older

37% 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 Illinois
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 91 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

8% of this provider’s 167 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

11 of this provider’s 91 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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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

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$2398 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$2.1M

2012

$2.06M

2013

$3.08M

2014

$5.86M

2015

Number of Claims

1,426

2012

1,646

2013

1,808

2014

2,445

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
LETAIRIS 466

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

56

patients, 34% of all patients

10 1 88
ADCIRCA 344

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

53

patients, 32% of all patients

2 74
SILDENAFIL 234

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

35

patients, 21% of all patients

3 76
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

230

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

65

patients, 39% of all patients

4 6
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

108

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

21

patients, 13% of all patients

5 17
ADEMPAS 105

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

6 167
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

75

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

20

patients, 12% of all patients

7 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

64

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

16

patients, 10% of all patients

8 7
MIDODRINE HCL

Midodrine hydrochloride tab... +

Midodrine hydrochloride tablets are indicated for the treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

9 151
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

R 10 27
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.