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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,580Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 706

$2.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 706

628 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% 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

18% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 507 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

7% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$301 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $192 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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

$414K

2012

$831K

2013

$1.08M

2014

$2.28M

2015

Number of Claims

3,930

2012

6,940

2013

7,267

2014

7,580

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
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

403

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

95

patients, 15% of all patients

1 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

352

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

347

prescriptions.

66

patients, 11% of all patients

2 4
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

254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

3 2
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

252

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

62

patients, 10% of all patients

4 14
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

5 59
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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

6 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

7 10
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

8 7
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

9 140
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

10 42
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

11 16
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

12 19
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

13 31
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

14 18
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

O 15 13
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

16 79
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

17 15
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

18 5
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

18 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

18 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

18 22
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

22 26
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

22 195
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 24 46
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

25 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 P 26 55
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 27 169
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

28 86
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 29 34
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

29 9
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

R 31 235
NIFEDICAL XL

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 31 327
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

33 32
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 81
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

35 165
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 74
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 37 338
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

38 141
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.