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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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9,182Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 834 out of 4892

$5.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 4892

268 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37% Patients 65 Years and Older

45% 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

38% of this provider’s 268 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 268 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

52% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$594 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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

$1.56M

2012

$2.52M

2013

$5.13M

2014

$5.45M

2015

Number of Claims

3,615

2012

5,865

2013

9,428

2014

9,182

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
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

594

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

81

patients, 30% of all patients

1 208
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

525

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

73

patients, 27% of all patients

2 197
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

464

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

55

patients, 21% of all patients

3 230
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

4 4
REYATAZ 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

5 329
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

6 290
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

A 7 75
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

8 2
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

9 286
KALETRA 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

10 10 414
EPZICOM 153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

11 364
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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

12 1
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

13 15
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

14 3
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

15 30
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

16 10
STRIBILD 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

17 366
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

18 160
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

10 19 515
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

31

patients, 12% of all patients

O 20 11
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

21 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

R 22 36
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

23 34
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

42

patients, 16% of all patients

A 24 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

24 19
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 26 14
SUSTIVA 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 27 469
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

27 127
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

29 27
INTELENCE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

30 396
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

30 20
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

32 16
SELZENTRY 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 33 525
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

34 56
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

35 300
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 36 314
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 37 18
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

38 23
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

Treats low testosterone levels when your body does not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

39 509
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 40 63
COMPLERA 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 40 467
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 42 88
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 Dec. 26, 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.