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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,890Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 1430

$2.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 1430

2,179 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

35% 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 1,884 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

5% of this provider’s 2,179 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 1,884 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

1% of this provider’s 2,179 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

27% 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

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$958K

2012

$1.23M

2013

$1.53M

2014

$2.2M

2015

Number of Claims

13,758

2012

16,505

2013

18,571

2014

21,890

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,592

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,404

prescriptions.

339

patients, 16% of all patients

1 1
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,466

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,183

prescriptions.

292

patients, 13% of all patients

2 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,413

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,184

prescriptions.

291

patients, 13% of all patients

3 6
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

1,394

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,188

prescriptions.

273

patients, 13% of all patients

4 7
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

1,105

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

959

prescriptions.

222

patients, 10% of all patients

5 8
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

1,096

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

924

prescriptions.

242

patients, 11% of all patients

6 9
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

959

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

885

prescriptions.

165

patients, 8% of all patients

10 7 12
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

922

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

807

prescriptions.

204

patients, 9% of all patients

8 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

858

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

715

prescriptions.

201

patients, 9% of all patients

9 5
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

806

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

590

prescriptions.

141

patients, 6% of all patients

10 16
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

661

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

631

prescriptions.

138

patients, 6% of all patients

11 19
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

641

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

547

prescriptions.

141

patients, 6% of all patients

12 35
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

541

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

503

prescriptions.

99

patients, 5% of all patients

10 13 32
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

465

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

100

patients, 5% of all patients

14 4
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

456

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

100

patients, 5% of all patients

15 17
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

452

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

396

prescriptions.

106

patients, 5% of all patients

16 11
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

444

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

96

patients, 4% of all patients

17 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

419

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

85

patients, 4% of all patients

18 101
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

406

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

104

patients, 5% of all patients

19 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

337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

74

patients, 3% of all patients

20 18
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

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

300

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

64

patients, 3% of all patients

21 37
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

289

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

65

patients, 3% of all patients

22 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

23 36
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

24 31
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

25 13
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

106

patients, 5% of all patients

26 28
TRIBENZOR 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

30

patients, 1% of all patients

27 144
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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

28 54
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

29 73
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

30 55
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

32

patients, 1% of all patients

31 84
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

32 111
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

44

patients, 2% of all patients

R 32 25
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

34 29
DILTIAZEM HCL

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

35 116
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

36 41
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN

This combination of medicin... +

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

109

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

37 208
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

104

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

29

patients, 1% of all patients

38 14
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

102

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

39 23
CARTIA XT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

40 81
FENOFIBRIC ACID*

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

100

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

40 139
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

42 38
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

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

43 261
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

74

patients, 3% of all patients

A 44 135
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

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

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

44 92
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

44 27
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

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

47 126
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

48 30
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

49 42
DIGITEK

Treats congestive heart fai... +

Treats congestive heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 R 50 166
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

51 51
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, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

R 52 44
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

53 34
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 Oct. 11, 2016.
  • 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.