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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,234Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 109

$541K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 109

747 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% Patients 65 Years and Older

27% 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 Arkansas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 618 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

9% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 618 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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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

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $44 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$354K

2012

$403K

2013

$480K

2014

$541K

2015

Number of Claims

7,213

2012

8,617

2013

9,310

2014

9,234

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

582

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

469

prescriptions.

116

patients, 16% of all patients

1 7
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

559

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

483

prescriptions.

127

patients, 17% of all patients

2 5
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

522

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

105

patients, 14% of all patients

3 4
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

509

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

414

prescriptions.

98

patients, 13% of all patients

4 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

487

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

116

patients, 16% of all patients

5 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

379

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

6 10
TIKOSYN 358

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

7 39
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

351

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% of all patients

8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

333

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

9 13
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

320

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

59

patients, 8% of all patients

10 14
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

287

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

11 22
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

262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

12 8
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

255

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

13 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

249

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

14 6
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

235

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

15 28
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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

16 9
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

R 17 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

166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

17 12
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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

19 18
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

R 20 34
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

21 19
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

22 24
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

23 11
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

24 15
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

25 16
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

26 45
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

27 37
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

Flecainide is used to prevent certain types of life-threatening irregular heartbeats. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

28 46
DILTIAZEM 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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

29 43
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

29 41
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

31 36
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 48
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

33 30
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 42
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 35 21
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

36 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 April 3, 2012.
  • 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.