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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,285Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 291 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$334K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 461 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

561 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

41% 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 521 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 561 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 *

17% 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$338K

2014

$309K

2015

$334K

2016

Number of Claims

5,668

2014

5,418

2015

5,285

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 411

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

406

prescriptions.

101

patients, 18% of all patients

1 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 396

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

97

patients, 17% of all patients

2 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 323

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

80

patients, 14% of all patients

3 4
CARVEDILOL 266

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

64

patients, 11% of all patients

4 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 260

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

69

patients, 12% of all patients

5 7
LISINOPRIL 220

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

61

patients, 11% of all patients

6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 200

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

7 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 193

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

8 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

9 1
FAMOTIDINE* 177

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

10 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

11 37
SIMVASTATIN 140

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

12 11
FUROSEMIDE 134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

13 5
VALSARTAN 126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

14 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

15 96
RANEXA 104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

16 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

17 30
NITROSTAT 100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

77

patients, 14% of all patients

18 38
AMIODARONE HCL 95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

19 17
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

20 33
ELIQUIS 81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

21 12
CLONIDINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

22 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

23 15
ATENOLOL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

24 16
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

25 29
FELODIPINE ER 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

26 179
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

27 18
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 2, 2018.
  • 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.