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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,499Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 21 providers in this state and specialty

$923K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 21 providers in this state and specialty

521 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% 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 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

26% of this provider’s 521 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 521 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $190 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$776K

2014

$790K

2015

$923K

2016

Number of Claims

11,703

2014

10,149

2015

10,499

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 380

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

84

patients, 16% of all patients

1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

2 3
LISINOPRIL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

3 6
METFORMIN HCL 229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

4 15
SIMVASTATIN 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

5 10
MELOXICAM 208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

63

patients, 12% of all patients

6 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

7 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

8 13
ALPRAZOLAM 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

9 22
TRAMADOL HCL 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

O 10 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

O 11 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

12 28
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

12 171
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

14 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

15 65
CLOPIDOGREL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

16 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

17 32
ATENOLOL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

18 52
OMEPRAZOLE 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

19 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

20 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

20 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

22 42
FUROSEMIDE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

23 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

24 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 14
CARVEDILOL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

26 17
LOVASTATIN 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

26 199
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

28 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

28 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

30 19
GLIPIZIDE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

31 77
GABAPENTIN 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

32 5
SERTRALINE HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

33 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 33
CLONIDINE HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 93
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

37 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

38 16
IBUPROFEN 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

39 90
CLONAZEPAM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

40 41
AZITHROMYCIN 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

A 41 60
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

42 83
NIFEDIPINE ER 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 117
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

43 181
LORAZEPAM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 45 51
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

46 99
AMOXICILLIN 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

A 47 205
ALLOPURINOL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

48 39
CRESTOR 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

48 38
SYNTHROID 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

50 31
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

50 94
VALSARTAN 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

52 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 P 53 53
ZETIA 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 53 75
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

53 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 56 56
BUMETANIDE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

57 267
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 March 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.