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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

STEVEN POTTER M.D.

EAST TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER, DEPT. TRANSPLANT 1100 EAST LAKE STREET, SUITE 340

Tyler | Texas | 75701

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Transplant Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,966Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$1.82M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
255 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income 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

$733K

2012

$1.24M

2013

$1.52M

2014

$1.82M

2015

Number of Claims

5,448

2012

7,678

2013

9,543

2014

9,966

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. 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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,080

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

149

patients, 58% of all patients

SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

754

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

152

patients, 60% of all patients

A
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

743

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

102

patients, 40% of all patients

FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

601

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

93

patients, 36% of all patients

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

575

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

103

patients, 40% of all patients

CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

475

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

80

patients, 31% of all patients

PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

363

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

74

patients, 29% of all patients

FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

352

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

66

patients, 26% of all patients

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

342

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

59

patients, 23% of all patients

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

251

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

47

patients, 18% of all patients

ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

27

patients, 11% of all patients

HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

45

patients, 18% of all patients

VALGANCICLOVIR HCL 191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

63

patients, 25% of all patients

ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

26

patients, 10% of all patients

GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

55

patients, 22% of all patients

O
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

VALCYTE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

39

patients, 15% of all patients

10
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

44

patients, 17% of all patients

CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

40

patients, 16% of all patients

A
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

Treats problems with urination caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

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 April 19, 2010.
  • 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.