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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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7,850Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$999K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

7% 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 801 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

2% of this provider’s 819 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

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$127 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$896K

2014

$923K

2015

$999K

2016

Number of Claims

9,341

2014

9,070

2015

7,850

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 694

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

689

prescriptions.

217

patients, 26% of all patients

1 1
CARVEDILOL 413

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

134

patients, 16% of all patients

2 2
FUROSEMIDE 312

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

130

patients, 16% of all patients

3 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 282

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

94

patients, 11% of all patients

4 7
ELIQUIS 278

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

5 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

94

patients, 11% of all patients

6 15
SIMVASTATIN 259

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

87

patients, 11% of all patients

7 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

8 4
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 224

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

9 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 219

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

10 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

11 10
CLOPIDOGREL 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

12 8
LISINOPRIL 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

13 6
XARELTO 159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

14 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

15 22
FENOFIBRIC ACID* 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

16 146
CRESTOR 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

17 20
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

18 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

19 37
VALSARTAN 134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

20 19
PRADAXA 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

21 28
BYSTOLIC 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

22 32
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

22 39
CARTIA XT 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

24 101
NIFEDIPINE ER 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

25 56
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

25 9
ATENOLOL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

27 16
DIGOXIN 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

28 24
ZETIA 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

28 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

30 36
AMIODARONE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

31 17
BENICAR 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

32 44
VYTORIN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

33 139
DIGOX 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

34 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

34 23
RAMIPRIL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

36 46
CLONIDINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

37 42
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

38 43
KLOR-CON 8 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

39 126
OMEPRAZOLE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

40 27
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. 24, 2017.
  • 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.