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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,427Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 432

$546K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 432

575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

34% 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

44% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 464 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

25% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $156 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$309K

2012

$528K

2013

$541K

2014

$546K

2015

Number of Claims

5,976

2012

8,393

2013

8,050

2014

8,427

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
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

384

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

133

patients, 23% of all patients

1 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

318

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

127

patients, 22% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

297

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

102

patients, 18% of all patients

3 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

89

patients, 15% of all patients

4 10
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

80

patients, 14% of all patients

O 5 25
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

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

88

patients, 15% of all patients

6 13
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

216

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

80

patients, 14% of all patients

7 7
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

210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

74

patients, 13% of all patients

8 12
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

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

67

patients, 12% of all patients

9 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

10 6
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

67

patients, 12% of all patients

O 11 9
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

12 30
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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

13 11
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

113

patients, 20% of all patients

14 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

55

patients, 10% of all patients

15 24
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

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

57

patients, 10% of all patients

16 4
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

17 21
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

18 8
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

131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

19 20
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

93

patients, 16% of all patients

A 20 71
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

86

patients, 15% of all patients

A 21 46
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

22 37
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

23 19
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

24 33
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

25 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

26 23
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

27 48
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

28 15
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

29 177
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

30 61
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

31 17
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

32 34
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

33 87
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

34 138
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

A 35 104
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

36 39
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

36 22
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

36 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

39 41
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 165
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

41 27
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

41 54
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

A 41 42
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

41 18
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

45 47
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

46 113
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 March 14, 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.