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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,338Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 281 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$235K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 675 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

579 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% 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

0% of this provider’s 565 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 579 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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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

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 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

$267K

2014

$257K

2015

$235K

2016

Number of Claims

8,095

2014

7,032

2015

5,338

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
WARFARIN SODIUM 356

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

76

patients, 13% of all patients

1 10
ATENOLOL 327

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

68

patients, 12% of all patients

2 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 306

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

86

patients, 15% of all patients

3 7
CLOPIDOGREL 294

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

68

patients, 12% of all patients

4 8
SIMVASTATIN 261

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

69

patients, 12% of all patients

5 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 245

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

76

patients, 13% of all patients

6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 241

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

61

patients, 11% of all patients

7 3
LISINOPRIL 215

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

62

patients, 11% of all patients

8 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

64

patients, 11% of all patients

9 18
FUROSEMIDE 201

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

10 5
CARVEDILOL 193

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

11 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

12 4
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 177

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

13 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

14 1
PRADAXA 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

15 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

16 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

17 15
ELIQUIS 88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

18 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

19 83
AMIODARONE HCL 81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

20 17
XARELTO 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

21 13
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

22 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

23 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

24 33
CLONIDINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 25 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

26 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 26 22
LOVASTATIN 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

28 72
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 29 104
KLOR-CON 10 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 29 202
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 May 11, 2011.
  • 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.