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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,006Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 117

$776K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 117

680 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

33% 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

2% of this provider’s 579 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Antibiotics

22% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 579 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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

$731K

2012

$818K

2013

$798K

2014

$776K

2015

Number of Claims

10,904

2012

12,687

2013

11,886

2014

11,006

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

757

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

695

prescriptions.

203

patients, 30% of all patients

1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

419

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

O 2 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

417

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

359

prescriptions.

132

patients, 19% of all patients

3 5
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

337

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

94

patients, 14% of all patients

4 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

106

patients, 16% of all patients

5 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

297

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

81

patients, 12% of all patients

6 14
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

290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

92

patients, 14% of all patients

7 18
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

97

patients, 14% of all patients

O 8 15
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

264

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

9 33
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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

75

patients, 11% of all patients

10 52
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

Used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

70

patients, 10% of all patients

11 195
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

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

70

patients, 10% of all patients

12 11
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

13 59
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

14 232
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

15 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

16 6
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

17 22
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

18 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

19 89
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

20 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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

21 31
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

22 10
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

23 29
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

24 273
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

25 43
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

26 26
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

27 62
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

28 21
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

29 159
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 24
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

30 39
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

32 2
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

79

patients, 12% of all patients

A 33 81
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

34 75
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

35 140
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

36 105
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

37 143
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

38 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

R 38 56
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

40 34
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

41 116
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

42 36
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

The combination of benazepr... +

The combination of benazepril and hydrochlorothiazide is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

43 300
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

44 53
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

45 44
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

46 120
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

46 67
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

48 58
CLONIDINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 49 218
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 49 30
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

51 50
PRADAXA

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) in patients who have been treated with an injectable anticoagulant (''blood thinner''). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 104
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

51 88
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

54 97
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

54 42
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 103
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 Oct. 4, 2016.
  • 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.