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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,087Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1520

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 1520

469 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

90% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 377 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

45% of this provider’s 469 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 377 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 469 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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

$818K

2012

$925K

2013

$1.07M

2014

$1.1M

2015

Number of Claims

17,601

2012

19,310

2013

18,131

2014

16,087

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
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,059

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

897

prescriptions.

234

patients, 50% of all patients

1 5
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

654

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

538

prescriptions.

126

patients, 27% of all patients

2 23
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

635

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

494

prescriptions.

136

patients, 29% of all patients

3 7
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

578

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

482

prescriptions.

154

patients, 33% of all patients

4 122
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

469

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

92

patients, 20% of all patients

5 10
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

432

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

72

patients, 15% of all patients

6 50
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

426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

97

patients, 21% of all patients

7 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

364

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

330

prescriptions.

84

patients, 18% of all patients

8 68
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

361

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

114

patients, 24% of all patients

9 87
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

357

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

123

patients, 26% of all patients

10 99
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

343

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

77

patients, 16% of all patients

11 4
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

338

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

74

patients, 16% of all patients

12 21
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

338

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

70

patients, 15% of all patients

12 6
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

280

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

82

patients, 17% of all patients

14 130
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

60

patients, 13% of all patients

15 8
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

57

patients, 12% of all patients

16 86
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

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

80

patients, 17% of all patients

17 85
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

241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

18 15
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

228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

76

patients, 16% of all patients

19 73
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

57

patients, 12% of all patients

20 1
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

217

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

21 25
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

215

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

22 35
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

69

patients, 15% of all patients

23 94
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

24 56
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

25 151
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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

26 48
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

27 126
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

28 12
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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

29 18
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

30 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

31 22
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

110

patients, 23% of all patients

A 32 133
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

33 9
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

34 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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 11
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

36 131
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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

37 41
ACARBOSE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

38 135
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

39 105
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

66

patients, 14% of all patients

40 222
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

41 251
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

75

patients, 16% of all patients

A 42 118
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

43 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

43 89
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

45 38
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

45 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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

47 27
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

48 52
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

49 28
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

65

patients, 14% of all patients

A 49 61
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

51 125
ALCOHOL PADS 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

52 313
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

53 127
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

54 319
SINGLE USE SWAB

Single-use swabs +

Single-use swabs. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

55 221
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

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

56 84
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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

57 58
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

58 153
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

59 36
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 60 70
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

61 132
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

61 34
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

63 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

63 49
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

Treats dry, scaly skin conditions called xerosis and ichthyosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

65 138
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

66 111
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

67 44
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

68 2
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

69 17
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

69 274
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 19, 2010.
  • 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.