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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,303Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 82

$423K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 82

743 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

40% 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 Missouri
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 624 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

5% of this provider’s 624 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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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

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$347K

2012

$320K

2013

$384K

2014

$423K

2015

Number of Claims

8,022

2012

7,471

2013

7,849

2014

9,303

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
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

899

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

726

prescriptions.

175

patients, 24% of all patients

1 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

867

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

690

prescriptions.

183

patients, 25% of all patients

2 3
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

736

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

626

prescriptions.

164

patients, 22% of all patients

3 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

632

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

529

prescriptions.

164

patients, 22% of all patients

4 4
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

507

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

115

patients, 15% of all patients

5 1
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

423

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

76

patients, 10% of all patients

6 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

365

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% of all patients

7 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

275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

8 5
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

255

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

9 27
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

251

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

57

patients, 8% of all patients

10 15
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

244

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

11 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

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

13 16
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

14 12
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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

15 17
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

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

16 41
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

159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

17 18
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

18 26
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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

19 10
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

20 48
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

79

patients, 11% of all patients

21 22
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

22 29
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

23 11
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

24 19
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

25 40
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

R 26 25
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

27 30
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

28 57
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

29 14
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

30 56
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

31 71
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

32 50
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

33 21
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

34 20
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 35 86
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 36 59
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 Feb. 10, 2012.
  • 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.