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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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7,984Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 118 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$616K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

530 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

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

2% of this provider’s 530 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

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$520K

2014

$525K

2015

$616K

2016

Number of Claims

7,419

2014

7,175

2015

7,984

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 1,179

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

1,163

prescriptions.

218

patients, 41% of all patients

1 1
CARVEDILOL 529

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

524

prescriptions.

90

patients, 17% of all patients

2 2
XARELTO 470

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

3 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 346

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

4 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 345

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

345

prescriptions.

64

patients, 12% of all patients

5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

6 3
SPIRONOLACTONE 320

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

61

patients, 12% of all patients

7 21
VALSARTAN 310

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

8 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 265

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

9 23
FUROSEMIDE 247

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

10 5
ELIQUIS 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

11 12
CRESTOR 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

12 20
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

13 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

14 9
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

15 111
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

16 15
CLOPIDOGREL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

17 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

18 10
VERAPAMIL ER 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

19 94
DIGOXIN 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

20 24
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

21 43
IRBESARTAN 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

21 86
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

23 37
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

23 104
PROPAFENONE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

25 62
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

26 47
AMILORIDE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 27 342
AMIODARONE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

28 17
NITROSTAT 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

29 38
CHLORTHALIDONE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

30 53
METFORMIN HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 30 25
VERAPAMIL HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 32 239
OMEPRAZOLE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 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 Sept. 21, 2012.
  • 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.