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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,868Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 1031

$860K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 1031

1,180 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% 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

0% of this provider’s 1,098 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

2% of this provider’s 1,180 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$810K

2012

$941K

2013

$931K

2014

$860K

2015

Number of Claims

14,316

2012

17,922

2013

17,548

2014

17,868

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
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

1,960

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,860

prescriptions.

325

patients, 28% of all patients

1 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

1,293

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,240

prescriptions.

243

patients, 21% of all patients

2 6
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

1,238

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,171

prescriptions.

220

patients, 19% of all patients

3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,170

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,099

prescriptions.

225

patients, 19% of all patients

4 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,052

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,000

prescriptions.

202

patients, 17% of all patients

5 5
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

790

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

776

prescriptions.

130

patients, 11% of all patients

6 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

562

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

514

prescriptions.

92

patients, 8% of all patients

7 3
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

520

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

504

prescriptions.

84

patients, 7% of all patients

8 38
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

510

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

471

prescriptions.

95

patients, 8% of all patients

9 16
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

495

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

474

prescriptions.

98

patients, 8% of all patients

10 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

461

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

107

patients, 9% of all patients

11 13
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

448

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

423

prescriptions.

108

patients, 9% of all patients

12 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

448

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

77

patients, 7% of all patients

12 9
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

383

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

369

prescriptions.

72

patients, 6% of all patients

14 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

355

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

15 27
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

16 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

310

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

17 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

308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

18 8
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

302

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

19 14
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

301

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

20 11
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

21 19
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

22 53
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

239

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

23 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

24 36
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

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

25 33
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

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

26 12
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

27 23
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

28 26
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

29 37
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

30 32
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

31 35
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

31 24
TOPROL XL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

33 85
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

Treats heart rhythm problems in patients who have a history of atrial fibrillation. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

34 52
BRILINTA

Used along with aspirin to ... +

Used along with aspirin to prevent serious or life-threatening problems with the heart and blood vessels in people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

35 58
LIVALO

Used together with diet, we... +

Used together with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ('bad cholesterol') in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ('good cholesterol'). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

36 129
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN

This combination of medicin... +

This combination of medicines are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

37 112
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

38 47
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used to treat high blood pr... +

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

86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

39 162
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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

40 71
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

40 57
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

42 81
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

43 121
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

44 25
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 45 46
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 46 67
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 Sept. 17, 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.