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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,416Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 314 providers in this state and specialty

$1.69M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 314 providers in this state and specialty

770 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

41% 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 California
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 770 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 770 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$162 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $83 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.06M

2014

$1.03M

2015

$1.69M

2016

Number of Claims

9,695

2014

9,437

2015

10,416

2016

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.

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
BYSTOLIC 668

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

610

prescriptions.

132

patients, 17% of all patients

1 31
CARVEDILOL 476

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

110

patients, 14% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 401

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

97

patients, 13% of all patients

3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 320

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

88

patients, 11% of all patients

4 5
CLOPIDOGREL 317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

5 4
FUROSEMIDE 275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

6 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

7 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

8 24
ELIQUIS 234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

9 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

10 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

11 3
VALSARTAN 185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

12 21
TRIBENZOR 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

13 58
BENICAR HCT 165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

14 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

15 9
ALLOPURINOL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

16 59
XARELTO 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 13
CRESTOR 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

18 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

19 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

20 14
AZITHROMYCIN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

A 21 117
AZOR 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

22 105
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

23 37
SIMVASTATIN 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

24 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

24 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

26 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

27 35
BENICAR 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

28 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 38
RANEXA 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

30 26
NIFEDIPINE ER 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

30 48
METFORMIN HCL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

32 40
BUMETANIDE 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

33 96
ALPRAZOLAM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

34 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

35 91
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

36 161
DIGOXIN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

37 23
LISINOPRIL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

38 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

38 72
AMIODARONE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 16
NEXIUM 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 40 87
MULTAQ 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 52
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

42 129
RAMIPRIL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

44 34
GABAPENTIN 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

44 57
SYNTHROID 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

46 110
SPIRONOLACTONE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

47 20
COREG CR 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 174
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

49 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

O 50 77
TEMAZEPAM 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

51 101
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN-HCTZ 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 51 182
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

51 98
LIVALO 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

54 129
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 19, 2009.
  • 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.