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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,335Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$696K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 116 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

960 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

83% 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 942 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

2% of this provider’s 960 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs *

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$714K

2014

$674K

2015

$696K

2016

Number of Claims

11,491

2014

11,047

2015

10,335

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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,670

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,656

prescriptions.

350

patients, 36% of all patients

1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 928

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

917

prescriptions.

163

patients, 17% of all patients

2 1
CLOPIDOGREL 745

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

740

prescriptions.

132

patients, 14% of all patients

3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 599

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

599

prescriptions.

124

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
ELIQUIS 408

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

403

prescriptions.

60

patients, 6% of all patients

5 12
CARVEDILOL 405

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

6 2
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 394

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

394

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

7 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

8 14
ATENOLOL 284

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

9 16
BENICAR HCT 237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

10 73
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

11 7
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

12 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

13 10
AMIODARONE HCL 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

14 17
BRILINTA 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

15 59
LISINOPRIL 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

16 6
XARELTO 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

17 13
VALSARTAN 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

18 19
VERAPAMIL ER 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

19 94
BENICAR 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

20 44
NIFEDIPINE ER 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

21 56
NITROSTAT 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

75

patients, 8% of all patients

22 38
FUROSEMIDE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

23 5
SIMVASTATIN 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

24 11
CRESTOR 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

24 20
OMEPRAZOLE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

26 27
TRIBENZOR 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

26 151
NEXIUM 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

28 52
FENOFIBRATE* 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

<11 28 84
DIGOXIN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

30 24
NIFEDICAL XL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

31 145
BYSTOLIC 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

32 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

34 40
FAMOTIDINE* 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 35 65
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

36 15
AZOR 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

37 128
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

38 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 38 22
NIACIN ER 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 40 132
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 Dec. 27, 2013.
  • 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.