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RANDEEP SUNEJA MD, FACC,FSCAI, FCCP

20710 WESTHEIMER PARK CARDIOLOGY CENTER OF HOUSTON, P.A.

Katy | Texas | 77450

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,218Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 1031

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 1031

883 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

16% 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 839 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 883 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 839 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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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 22%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$849K

2012

$1.03M

2013

$1.02M

2014

$1.03M

2015

Number of Claims

11,122

2012

13,742

2013

12,965

2014

12,218

2015

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,006

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

963

prescriptions.

187

patients, 21% of all patients

1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

968

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

929

prescriptions.

198

patients, 22% of all patients

2 1
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

962

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

916

prescriptions.

192

patients, 22% of all patients

3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

701

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

686

prescriptions.

156

patients, 18% of all patients

4 6
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

491

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

451

prescriptions.

97

patients, 11% of all patients

5 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

453

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

431

prescriptions.

100

patients, 11% of all patients

6 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

331

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

90

patients, 10% of all patients

7 7
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

322

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

8 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

65

patients, 7% of all patients

9 8
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

315

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

10 51
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

11 17
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

86

patients, 10% of all patients

12 35
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

13 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

65

patients, 7% of all patients

14 13
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

15 24
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

16 41
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

17 106
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

18 9
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

19 10
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

20 29
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

21 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

22 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

23 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

24 14
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

R 25 40
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

R 26 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

27 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

28 12
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

29 18
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

30 31
PRADAXA

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung) in patients who have been treated with an injectable anticoagulant (''blood thinner''). Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

31 32
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

32 20
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

33 77
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

34 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 61
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

36 11
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

36 100
COREG CR 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

38 127
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 67
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 46
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

41 21
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 42 37
KLOR-CON 10

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 173
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

44 28
LIVALO

Used together with diet, we... +

Used together with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ('bad cholesterol') in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ('good cholesterol'). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

45 129
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 Dec. 2, 2009.
  • 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.