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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,472Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 706

$741K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 99 out of 706

468 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

23% 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

35% of this provider’s 468 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 424 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

18% of this provider’s 468 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $192 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$605K

2012

$723K

2013

$709K

2014

$741K

2015

Number of Claims

11,358

2012

11,607

2013

9,404

2014

9,472

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
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

441

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

401

prescriptions.

89

patients, 19% of all patients

1 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

429

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

107

patients, 23% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

406

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

112

patients, 24% of all patients

3 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

377

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

125

patients, 27% of all patients

4 10
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

329

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

94

patients, 20% of all patients

5 15
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

274

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

83

patients, 18% of all patients

6 6
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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

74

patients, 16% of all patients

7 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

8 5
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

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

59

patients, 13% of all patients

9 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

10 48
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

75

patients, 16% of all patients

11 7
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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

64

patients, 14% of all patients

12 16
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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

13 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

14 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

14 22
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

16 9
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

17 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

86

patients, 18% of all patients

A 18 47
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

O 19 13
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

20 14
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

21 83
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

22 81
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

23 25
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

24 73
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

25 62
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

26 29
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

27 71
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

28 32
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

29 144
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

29 19
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

31 227
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

32 26
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

33 237
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

34 36
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

35 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

36 90
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

37 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

38 69
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

39 168
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

40 52
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

41 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

41 63
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

41 24
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

44 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

44 42
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

46 312
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. 5, 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.