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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,987Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$745K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

718 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

99% 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

2% of this provider’s 718 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 718 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$932K

2014

$910K

2015

$745K

2016

Number of Claims

10,104

2014

10,226

2015

8,987

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
CLOPIDOGREL 1,281

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

1,219

prescriptions.

190

patients, 26% of all patients

1 8
PROPRANOLOL HCL 1,206

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

1,118

prescriptions.

220

patients, 31% of all patients

10 2 99
AMIODARONE HCL 810

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

770

prescriptions.

135

patients, 19% of all patients

10 3 17
ATENOLOL 443

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

427

prescriptions.

80

patients, 11% of all patients

4 16
NITROSTAT 347

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

89

patients, 12% of all patients

5 38
EFFIENT 303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

6 69
WARFARIN SODIUM 258

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

7 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

8 9
RANEXA 176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

9 31
FUROSEMIDE 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

10 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

11 3
NITROGLYCERIN 150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

10 12 163
ADVAIR DISKUS 145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

13 93
SPIRONOLACTONE 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

14 21
CRESTOR 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

15 20
CARVEDILOL 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

16 2
DIAZEPAM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 147
DIGOXIN 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

18 24
CLONIDINE HCL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

19 42
XARELTO 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

20 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

21 18
BENICAR HCT 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

22 73
DIGOX 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

23 58
CAPTOPRIL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

24 119
NIFEDIPINE ER 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

25 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

<11 26 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

27 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

28 4
AGGRENOX 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 29 296
NIFEDICAL XL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

30 145
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

31 22
ALPRAZOLAM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

32 61
SIMVASTATIN 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

33 11
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 Oct. 14, 2010.
  • 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.