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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,312Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 260

$457K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 260

468 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 463 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

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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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

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$443K

2012

$401K

2013

$421K

2014

$457K

2015

Number of Claims

4,320

2012

4,355

2013

4,189

2014

4,312

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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O

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

423

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

132

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

280

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

86

patients, 18% of all patients

2 5
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

258

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

80

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

253

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

72

patients, 15% of all patients

4 9
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

219

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

60

patients, 13% of all patients

5 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

217

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

67

patients, 14% of all patients

6 3
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

166

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

7 15
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

145

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

8 6
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

125

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

9 4
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

124

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

10 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

109

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

11 11
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

12 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

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

13 20
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

85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

14 18
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

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

75

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

15 56
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

71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

16 23
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

67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

17 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

18 51
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

19 24
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

20 19
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

20 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

22 13
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. 17, 2014.
  • 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.