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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 280 out of 4892

$881K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 368 out of 4892

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

35% 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

39% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

24% of this provider’s 418 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$637K

2012

$843K

2013

$864K

2014

$881K

2015

Number of Claims

11,593

2012

15,054

2013

14,962

2014

14,609

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

1,072

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,022

prescriptions.

162

patients, 35% of all patients

1 1
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

586

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

525

prescriptions.

90

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
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

527

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

81

patients, 18% of all patients

3 79
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

475

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

443

prescriptions.

78

patients, 17% of all patients

4 13
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

392

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

72

patients, 16% of all patients

5 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

385

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

6 7
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

7 25
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

8 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

9 17
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

11 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

12 5
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

213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

13 15
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

13 18
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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

15 19
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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

15 31
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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

17 26
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

18 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

O 19 9
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

20 8
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

O 21 11
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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

22 23
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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

23 82
ESTRADIOL

Replaces estrogen that decr... +

Replaces estrogen that decreases with menopause or removal of the ovaries. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

R 24 145
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

25 70
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

26 20
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

27 144
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

28 14
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

29 2
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

30 196
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

31 28
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

32 71
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

33 83
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

34 65
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

35 30
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 56
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

37 16
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

37 32
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

39 12
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

40 55
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

41 243
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

42 50
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

42 81
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

42 146
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 42 44
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

42 142
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

47 78
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 48 60
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

49 166
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

50 49
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

The combination of benazepr... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

51 241
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

O 52 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 53 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 53 108
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

55 138
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 56 33
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

57 37
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

57 96
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

59 62
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 59 157
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

61 80
XARELTO

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). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 62 128
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

63 122
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

A 64 132
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

64 64
PREMARIN

Estrogens are female hormon... +

Estrogens are female hormones. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

R 66 219
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 R 66 94
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 May 29, 2008.
  • 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.