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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,798Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$847K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

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

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
94% 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

22% of this provider’s 708 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 *

25% 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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

$871K

2014

$838K

2015

$847K

2016

Number of Claims

16,589

2014

15,663

2015

14,798

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 1,780

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,775

prescriptions.

277

patients, 39% of all patients

1 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 908

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

897

prescriptions.

147

patients, 21% of all patients

2 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 571

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

83

patients, 12% of all patients

3 7
NITROSTAT 566

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

561

prescriptions.

288

patients, 41% of all patients

10 4 38
ATENOLOL 447

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

5 16
FAMOTIDINE* 402

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

6 65
SIMVASTATIN 364

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

7 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

346

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

8 1
CARVEDILOL 317

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

9 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

10 55
VALSARTAN 277

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

11 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

12 63
BENICAR 238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

13 44
OMEPRAZOLE 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

14 27
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

57

patients, 8% of all patients

15 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

16 68
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

17 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 200

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

18 14
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

19 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

20 4
AMIODARONE HCL 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

20 17
DEXILANT 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

22 66
DIGOXIN 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

23 24
RANEXA 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

24 31
NEXIUM 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

25 52
LORAZEPAM 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

26 51
VOLTAREN 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

27 75
WELCHOL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

28 134
AZITHROMYCIN 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

91

patients, 13% of all patients

A 29 80
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

30 9
LIDOCAINE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

31 107
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 22
ZETIA 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

33 26
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

33 183
GEMFIBROZIL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 204
DIGOX 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

36 58
METFORMIN HCL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 25
CRESTOR 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

38 20
PATADAY 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

39 181
CREON 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

40 125
CLONIDINE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

41 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

41 40
ALPRAZOLAM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

43 61
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

44 104
WARFARIN SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

<11 45 10
ALLOPURINOL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

46 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

47 100
TEMAZEPAM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

48 103
NITROGLYCERIN 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

49 163
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 49 39
PROPRANOLOL HCL 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 99
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

52 64
SOTALOL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 53 35
NIFEDICAL XL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 54 145
MEMANTINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 54 136
CELECOXIB 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

56 85
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 57 36
JANUVIA 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 57 71
BENICAR HCT 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 59 73
PAROXETINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 59 138
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 61 166
PROCTOZONE-HC 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 61 244
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 Nov. 26, 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.