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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,734Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 1520

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 1520

1,144 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

11% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

2% of this provider’s 1,144 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 1,060 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

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 *

33% 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

$153 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$983K

2012

$1.53M

2013

$1.75M

2014

$1.49M

2015

Number of Claims

8,591

2012

11,829

2013

12,503

2014

9,734

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

718

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

677

prescriptions.

277

patients, 24% of all patients

1 1
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

658

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

632

prescriptions.

222

patients, 19% of all patients

2 3
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

511

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

482

prescriptions.

196

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

446

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

425

prescriptions.

149

patients, 13% of all patients

4 12
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

402

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

397

prescriptions.

105

patients, 9% of all patients

5 20
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

340

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

120

patients, 10% of all patients

6 5
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

117

patients, 10% of all patients

7 29
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

333

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

140

patients, 12% of all patients

8 4
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

318

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

110

patients, 10% of all patients

9 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

312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

107

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

284

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

111

patients, 10% of all patients

11 6
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

71

patients, 6% of all patients

12 8
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

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

13 11
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

74

patients, 6% of all patients

14 9
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

15 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

74

patients, 6% of all patients

16 22
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

155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

63

patients, 6% of all patients

17 56
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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

18 27
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

19 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

20 28
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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

21 19
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

22 26
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

23 31
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

24 18
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

25 21
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

26 16
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

27 24
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

R 28 30
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

29 23
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

30 34
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

30 14
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

32 32
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

33 15
LIVALO

Used together with diet, we... +

Used together with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ('bad cholesterol') in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ('good cholesterol'). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

34 195
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

34 38
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

36 39
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

37 51
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

37 46
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

39 25
TOPROL XL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

39 64
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

41 49
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

R 41 47
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

43 43
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

43 165
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 Nov. 27, 2015.
  • 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.