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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,216Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1026 out of 4892

$645K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 735 out of 4892

260 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

34% 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

52% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

16% of this provider’s 225 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$528K

2012

$703K

2013

$710K

2014

$645K

2015

Number of Claims

6,926

2012

9,077

2013

9,054

2014

8,216

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
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

414

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

361

prescriptions.

61

patients, 23% of all patients

1 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

359

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

74

patients, 28% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

332

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

62

patients, 24% of all patients

3 4
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

267

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

48

patients, 18% of all patients

4 3
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

40

patients, 15% of all patients

5 48
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

229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

37

patients, 14% of all patients

6 12
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

224

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

50

patients, 19% of all patients

7 29
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

39

patients, 15% of all patients

8 10
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

43

patients, 17% of all patients

O 9 11
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

30

patients, 12% of all patients

10 166
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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

30

patients, 12% of all patients

11 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

12 31
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

13 37
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

14 44
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

30

patients, 12% of all patients

15 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

16 17
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

17 5
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

18 18
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

19 13
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 20 238
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE

Ipratropium oral inhalation... +

Ipratropium oral inhalation is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

40

patients, 15% of all patients

21 224
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

22 23
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

23 15
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 24 35
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

25 8
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 25 53
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

27 27
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

Treats skin infections and bacterial infections in your nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

27 151
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

29 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

28

patients, 11% of all patients

O 30 9
FENOFIBRIC ACID*

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 31 174
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

31 6
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

33 55
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 34 30
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

35 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

36

patients, 14% of all patients

A 36 51
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 37 38
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

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

43

prescriptions.

<11 37 90
AMILORIDE HCL 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 39 587
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

40 156
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 41 184
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 Feb. 14, 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.