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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,829Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 342 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$501K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 203 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

20% 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 306 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

0% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$281K

2014

$404K

2015

$501K

2016

Number of Claims

3,260

2014

4,622

2015

4,829

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 734

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

688

prescriptions.

145

patients, 44% of all patients

1 1
ZETIA 605

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

575

prescriptions.

135

patients, 41% of all patients

2 30
CARVEDILOL 558

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

513

prescriptions.

108

patients, 33% of all patients

3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 484

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

461

prescriptions.

109

patients, 33% of all patients

4 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 329

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

51

patients, 15% of all patients

5 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 219

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

40

patients, 12% of all patients

6 29
CLOPIDOGREL 193

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

41

patients, 12% of all patients

7 4
CRESTOR 149

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

8 20
ALLOPURINOL 144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

9 72
LISINOPRIL 136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

10 6
VALSARTAN 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

11 24
SIMVASTATIN 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

12 11
INDAPAMIDE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

13 169
FUROSEMIDE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

14 7
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

15 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

16 8
ELIQUIS 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

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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 Sept. 18, 2014.
  • 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.