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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,008Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 706

$4.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 706

327 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57% Patients 65 Years and Older

75% 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 Texas
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

40% of this provider’s 327 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 187 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

19% of this provider’s 327 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$548 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $192 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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

$1.79M

2012

$2.43M

2013

$3.61M

2014

$4.39M

2015

Number of Claims

6,509

2012

7,918

2013

8,732

2014

8,008

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

376

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

61

patients, 19% of all patients

1 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

50

patients, 15% of all patients

2 4
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

257

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

3 245
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

252

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

4 247
KALETRA 237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

10 5 346
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

6 292
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

216

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

7 3
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

8 266
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

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

9 2
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

10 159
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

11 16
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

O 12 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

O 13 1
EPZICOM 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

14 328
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

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

15 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

16 10
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

17 383
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

18 20
STRIBILD 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

19 373
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

20 154
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

21 36
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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

22 23
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

23 24
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

24 89
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

24 31
INTELENCE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

26 348
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

27 98
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

28 14
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

29 18
REYATAZ 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

30 479
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

31 5
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

32 83
SUSTIVA 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 33 482
VIREAD 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 34 302
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 35 7
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

A 36 88
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 37 63
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 13, 2011.
  • 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.