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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,389Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 116 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$827K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

7% 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

0% of this provider’s 635 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

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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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$868K

2014

$787K

2015

$827K

2016

Number of Claims

9,850

2014

8,874

2015

8,389

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
CLOPIDOGREL 654

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

639

prescriptions.

155

patients, 24% of all patients

1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 651

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

646

prescriptions.

157

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
SOTALOL 429

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

414

prescriptions.

91

patients, 14% of all patients

3 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 318

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

4 19
ZETIA 281

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

59

patients, 9% of all patients

5 30
TRANDOLAPRIL 275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

10 6 120
CARVEDILOL 260

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

63

patients, 10% of all patients

7 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 245

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

65

patients, 10% of all patients

8 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 223

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 222

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

11 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

12 12
FUROSEMIDE 180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

13 7
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

14 45
CRESTOR 153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

15 20
LISINOPRIL 152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

16 6
ELIQUIS 151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

17 13
ATENOLOL 150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

18 21
BYSTOLIC 147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

19 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

20 9
SIMVASTATIN 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

21 11
VERAPAMIL ER 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

22 91
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

23 16
DIGOXIN 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

24 22
RANEXA 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

25 23
BENICAR 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

26 63
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

27 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

29 8
NIACIN ER 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

30 76
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

30 36
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 69
FENOFIBRATE* 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

33 108
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

34 32
DIGOX 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 53
VYTORIN 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 111
VALSARTAN 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

37 24
RAMIPRIL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

38 27
AMIODARONE HCL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

39 18
NITROSTAT 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

40 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

41 14
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 May 16, 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.