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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,637Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$995K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

1,094 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

19% 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

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

1% of this provider’s 1,094 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

1% of this provider’s 1,094 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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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

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$771K

2014

$872K

2015

$995K

2016

Number of Claims

9,883

2014

9,761

2015

10,637

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
ELIQUIS 908

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

883

prescriptions.

147

patients, 13% of all patients

1 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 665

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

629

prescriptions.

156

patients, 14% of all patients

2 21
CLOPIDOGREL 627

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

591

prescriptions.

162

patients, 15% of all patients

3 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 548

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

521

prescriptions.

131

patients, 12% of all patients

4 1
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 516

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

488

prescriptions.

127

patients, 12% of all patients

5 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 482

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

471

prescriptions.

124

patients, 11% of all patients

6 4
FUROSEMIDE 451

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

121

patients, 11% of all patients

7 5
CARVEDILOL 449

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

415

prescriptions.

107

patients, 10% of all patients

8 2
LISINOPRIL 418

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

406

prescriptions.

109

patients, 10% of all patients

9 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 308

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

73

patients, 7% of all patients

10 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

11 3
AMIODARONE HCL 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

71

patients, 6% of all patients

12 17
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

13 29
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

14 111
DIGOXIN 167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

15 24
VERAPAMIL ER 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

16 94
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

16 23
SIMVASTATIN 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

18 11
XARELTO 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

18 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

20 15
CLONIDINE HCL 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

21 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

22 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

23 10
RANEXA 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

24 31
CRESTOR 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

25 20
VALSARTAN 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

26 19
BYSTOLIC 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

27 32
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

28 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

29 325
DIGOX 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

30 58
LOVASTATIN 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

31 72
CARTIA XT 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

32 101
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

33 18
SYMBICORT 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

34 173
IRBESARTAN 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

35 86
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 74
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

36 43
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

36 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 39 33
TORSEMIDE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

39 77
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

41 22
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

42 271
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 19, 2008.
  • 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.