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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,083Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 1252

$860K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 1252

1,674 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

33% 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 1,528 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 1,528 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 1,674 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $94 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$598K

2012

$562K

2013

$742K

2014

$860K

2015

Number of Claims

9,735

2012

8,725

2013

9,770

2014

10,083

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,038

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

947

prescriptions.

363

patients, 22% of all patients

1 6
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

669

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

597

prescriptions.

193

patients, 12% of all patients

2 23
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

547

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

470

prescriptions.

192

patients, 11% of all patients

3 2
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

532

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

162

patients, 10% of all patients

4 25
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

457

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

426

prescriptions.

149

patients, 9% of all patients

5 4
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

369

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

112

patients, 7% of all patients

6 37
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

328

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

88

patients, 5% of all patients

7 55
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

318

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

101

patients, 6% of all patients

8 14
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

305

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

98

patients, 6% of all patients

9 115
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

303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

81

patients, 5% of all patients

10 12
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

106

patients, 6% of all patients

11 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

269

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

84

patients, 5% of all patients

12 28
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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

58

patients, 3% of all patients

13 13
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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

79

patients, 5% of all patients

14 83
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

83

patients, 5% of all patients

15 8
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

64

patients, 4% of all patients

16 112
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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

17 114
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

18 21
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

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

19 148
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

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

60

patients, 4% of all patients

20 38
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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

21 92
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

22 10
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

23 132
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

24 32
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

25 159
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

26 185
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

27 147
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 188
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

29 106
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

30 170
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

31 325
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

32 136
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

33 142
NIFEDICAL XL

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

34 342
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

35 274
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

R 36 276
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 37 357
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

37 238
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

Flecainide is used to prevent certain types of life-threatening irregular heartbeats. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

37 272
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

40 152
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

41 133
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 June 1, 2016.
  • 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.