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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,969Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$844K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

1,002 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

4% 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

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 1,002 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$754K

2014

$749K

2015

$844K

2016

Number of Claims

8,861

2014

8,480

2015

8,969

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 908

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

903

prescriptions.

280

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
CLOPIDOGREL 542

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

537

prescriptions.

160

patients, 16% of all patients

2 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 415

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

129

patients, 13% of all patients

3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 379

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

118

patients, 12% of all patients

4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 341

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

110

patients, 11% of all patients

5 5
CARVEDILOL 328

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

101

patients, 10% of all patients

6 2
FUROSEMIDE 327

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

119

patients, 12% of all patients

7 7
AMIODARONE HCL 321

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

107

patients, 11% of all patients

8 18
SIMVASTATIN 317

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

100

patients, 10% of all patients

9 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

102

patients, 10% of all patients

10 9
LISINOPRIL 292

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

287

prescriptions.

92

patients, 9% of all patients

11 6
ELIQUIS 279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

76

patients, 8% of all patients

12 13
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

76

patients, 8% of all patients

13 37
VALSARTAN 216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

14 24
ATENOLOL 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

15 21
CRESTOR 200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

69

patients, 7% of all patients

16 20
RANEXA 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

17 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

18 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

19 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

20 10
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

21 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

22 19
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

23 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

24 16
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

25 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

26 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

27 92
FENOFIBRATE* 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

27 108
XARELTO 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

29 17
CLONIDINE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

30 33
RAMIPRIL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

31 27
PRADAXA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

32 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

33 66
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

33 74
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

35 41
IRBESARTAN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

36 58
FENOFIBRATE* 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

37 68
ZETIA 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

38 30
ALPRAZOLAM 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

38 48
NIFEDIPINE ER 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

40 40
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 15, 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.