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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,920Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 159 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$735K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

655 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

9% 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 636 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

4% of this provider’s 655 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 655 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$106 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

$527K

2014

$638K

2015

$735K

2016

Number of Claims

6,113

2014

6,446

2015

6,920

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 470

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

124

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
BYSTOLIC 443

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

422

prescriptions.

109

patients, 17% of all patients

2 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 314

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

82

patients, 13% of all patients

3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 299

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

4 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 277

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

79

patients, 12% of all patients

5 4
SYNTHROID 259

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

6 81
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

7 18
SOTALOL 198

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

8 35
ELIQUIS 184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

9 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

10 7
FUROSEMIDE 156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

11 5
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

11 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

13 23
VALSARTAN 138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

14 19
CLOPIDOGREL 135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

15 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

16 22
CARVEDILOL 127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

17 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

18 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

19 37
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

20 39
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

21 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

22 9
SIMVASTATIN 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

23 11
CARTIA XT 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

24 101
LISINOPRIL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

25 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

26 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

27 56
BUMETANIDE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

28 88
ATENOLOL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

29 16
CRESTOR 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

29 20
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

31 43
ZETIA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

32 26
BENICAR HCT 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 73
TIROSINT 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 34 346
SPIRONOLACTONE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

35 21
VASCEPA 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

36 48
XARELTO 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

38 14
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 21, 2013.
  • 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.