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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,117Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 204 out of 1430

$344K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 377 out of 1430

797 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

0% of this provider’s 745 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 797 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 745 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 797 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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

$119K

2012

$183K

2013

$263K

2014

$344K

2015

Number of Claims

2,195

2012

3,069

2013

4,743

2014

6,117

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
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,142

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

1,066

prescriptions.

251

patients, 31% of all patients

1 2
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

679

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

674

prescriptions.

191

patients, 24% of all patients

2 56
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

532

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

493

prescriptions.

318

patients, 40% of all patients

10 3 28
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

517

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

123

patients, 15% of all patients

4 7
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

281

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

5 3
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

221

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

6 14
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

158

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

7 31
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

O 8 52
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

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

9 9
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

10 5
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

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

11 32
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

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

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

12 71
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

13 11
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

14 40
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

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

15 34
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

16 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

17 1
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

18 98
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

19 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

20 33
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

20 8
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

22 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

22 100
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

24 18
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

25 17
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. 6, 2017.
  • 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.