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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,460Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 34 providers in this state and specialty

$810K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 34 providers in this state and specialty

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

15% 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

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

33% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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

$569K

2014

$669K

2015

$810K

2016

Number of Claims

9,889

2014

11,003

2015

12,460

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 461

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

448

prescriptions.

93

patients, 16% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 389

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

97

patients, 16% of all patients

2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

75

patients, 13% of all patients

3 3
GABAPENTIN 369

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

345

prescriptions.

99

patients, 17% of all patients

4 7
METFORMIN HCL 356

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

332

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

63

patients, 11% of all patients

6 12
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

69

patients, 12% of all patients

7 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 255

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

8 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

9 18
SERTRALINE HCL 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

9 11
LISINOPRIL 190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

11 5
TRAMADOL HCL 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

63

patients, 11% of all patients

O 12 14
TRAZODONE HCL 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

13 17
CARVEDILOL 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

14 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

15 6
SIMVASTATIN 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

16 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

17 57
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

18 235
METFORMIN HCL ER 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

19 113
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

20 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

75

patients, 13% of all patients

21 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

22 16
CLOPIDOGREL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

23 21
ALLOPURINOL 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

24 43
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

25 253
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

26 111
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

27 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

28 41
ALPRAZOLAM 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

29 33
DULOXETINE HCL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

30 29
FUROSEMIDE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

31 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

32 68
LORAZEPAM 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

33 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

34 98
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

35 267
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

36 141
CLONAZEPAM 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

37 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

38 10
CRESTOR 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

39 89
DONEPEZIL HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

39 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

41 35
TORSEMIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

42 130
CITALOPRAM HBR 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

43 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 44 20
PREDNISONE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

45 55
MELOXICAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

46 54
AZITHROMYCIN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

59

patients, 10% of all patients

A 46 88
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 95
MUPIROCIN* 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

49 158
TIZANIDINE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

50 126
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 50 45
XARELTO 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 50 51
ZETIA 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

53 99
GLIMEPIRIDE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

54 80
TEMAZEPAM 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

55 86
BUPROPION XL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 138
MIRTAZAPINE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

57 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

58 173
FAMOTIDINE* 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

58 49
SYNTHROID 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

60 96
ESTRADIOL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 60 258
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

62 178
LOVASTATIN 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 62 123
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

64 129
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 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. 22, 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.