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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,577Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 177 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$908K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

586 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
6% 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

0% of this provider’s 581 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

3% of this provider’s 586 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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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 *

33% 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

$138 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$726K

2014

$825K

2015

$908K

2016

Number of Claims

6,848

2014

6,819

2015

6,577

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
CARVEDILOL 460

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

455

prescriptions.

86

patients, 15% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 454

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

119

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 323

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

82

patients, 14% of all patients

3 7
CLOPIDOGREL 313

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

78

patients, 13% of all patients

4 8
BYSTOLIC 235

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

5 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 206

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

64

patients, 11% of all patients

6 15
ZETIA 204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

7 26
ELIQUIS 194

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

8 12
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 194

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

8 111
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

10 3
SIMVASTATIN 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

52

patients, 9% of all patients

11 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

12 10
SPIRONOLACTONE 155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

13 21
MULTAQ 150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

14 67
CRESTOR 139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

15 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

16 4
FUROSEMIDE 132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

17 5
RANEXA 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

18 31
BUMETANIDE 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

19 88
AMIODARONE HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

20 17
LISINOPRIL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

21 6
DIGOXIN 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

22 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

23 9
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

24 39
EDARBI 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

25 162
SOTALOL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

26 35
VALSARTAN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

27 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

28 23
EPLERENONE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

29 124
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

30 43
COREG CR 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 31 165
CLONIDINE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 32 148
PROPAFENONE HCL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

33 62
DIGITEK 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 34 223
CLONIDINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 42
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 Feb. 11, 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.