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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,711Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 71 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$569K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 155 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

976 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

14% 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 924 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

2% of this provider’s 976 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs *

18% 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 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

$657K

2014

$617K

2015

$569K

2016

Number of Claims

13,405

2014

11,881

2015

9,711

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 866

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

841

prescriptions.

212

patients, 22% of all patients

1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 637

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

625

prescriptions.

155

patients, 16% of all patients

2 5
FUROSEMIDE 508

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

472

prescriptions.

136

patients, 14% of all patients

3 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 440

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

415

prescriptions.

73

patients, 7% of all patients

4 10
LISINOPRIL 433

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

119

patients, 12% of all patients

5 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 429

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

117

patients, 12% of all patients

6 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 399

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

394

prescriptions.

102

patients, 10% of all patients

7 3
CARVEDILOL 395

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

86

patients, 9% of all patients

8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 322

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

91

patients, 9% of all patients

9 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

10 12
DIGOXIN 269

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

11 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

11 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

13 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

14 9
SIMVASTATIN 205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

15 11
AMIODARONE HCL 202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

16 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

17 16
ELIQUIS 153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

18 13
DIGOX 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

19 53
VALSARTAN 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

20 24
DILTIAZEM HCL 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

21 83
LOVASTATIN 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

22 71
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

23 25
ATENOLOL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

24 21
PROPAFENONE HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

25 75
SPIRONOLACTONE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

25 19
CLONIDINE HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

27 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

28 62
PRADAXA 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

29 39
NITROSTAT 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

30 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

31 40
CARTIA XT 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

32 46
CRESTOR 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

33 20
RAMIPRIL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

33 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

35 29
EFFIENT 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

36 54
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

37 37
CHLOROTHIAZIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

38 264
NIACIN ER 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

38 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

38 32
CELECOXIB 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

41 132
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 Sept. 8, 2017.
  • 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.