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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,443Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$866K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

89% 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

2% of this provider’s 495 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

30% of this provider’s 514 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

24% of this provider’s 514 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$92 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$734K

2014

$798K

2015

$866K

2016

Number of Claims

9,259

2014

10,157

2015

9,443

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 647

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

642

prescriptions.

210

patients, 41% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 508

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

177

patients, 34% of all patients

2 1
METFORMIN HCL 400

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

126

patients, 25% of all patients

3 25
OMEPRAZOLE 383

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

378

prescriptions.

135

patients, 26% of all patients

4 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 365

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

106

patients, 21% of all patients

O 5 50
SIMVASTATIN 309

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

92

patients, 18% of all patients

6 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 297

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

76

patients, 15% of all patients

7 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 268

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

268

prescriptions.

81

patients, 16% of all patients

8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

9 4
CHLORTHALIDONE 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

63

patients, 12% of all patients

10 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

11 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

12 68
FUROSEMIDE 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

13 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

14 55
LISINOPRIL 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

15 6
GABAPENTIN 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

15 41
FLUOCINONIDE 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

17 197
TEMAZEPAM 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

18 103
CARVEDILOL 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

19 2
VALSARTAN 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

19 19
LORAZEPAM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

21 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

21 63
AZITHROMYCIN 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

83

patients, 16% of all patients

A 23 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

24 82
NAMENDA XR 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

25 108
ELIQUIS 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

26 12
VENTOLIN HFA 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

27 135
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

28 168
JANUVIA 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

29 71
LINZESS 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

30 117
TRAZODONE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

31 106
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

32 37
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

33 195
ALLOPURINOL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

34 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

36 100
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

37 15
PROAIR HFA 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

38 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

38 93
KETOCONAZOLE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

40 250
AMOXICILLIN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

A 40 155
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

42 39
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.