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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,030Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$632K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 148 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

1,392 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% 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 1,342 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

1% of this provider’s 1,392 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

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$35 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$526K

2014

$605K

2015

$632K

2016

Number of Claims

17,991

2014

17,920

2015

18,030

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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,378

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,356

prescriptions.

244

patients, 18% of all patients

1 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,378

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,304

prescriptions.

238

patients, 17% of all patients

1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,237

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,203

prescriptions.

208

patients, 15% of all patients

3 10
CARVEDILOL 984

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

907

prescriptions.

166

patients, 12% of all patients

4 2
FUROSEMIDE 973

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

917

prescriptions.

194

patients, 14% of all patients

5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 927

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

898

prescriptions.

180

patients, 13% of all patients

6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 864

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

845

prescriptions.

207

patients, 15% of all patients

7 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 704

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

678

prescriptions.

124

patients, 9% of all patients

8 4
ATENOLOL 698

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

680

prescriptions.

118

patients, 8% of all patients

9 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 685

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

680

prescriptions.

128

patients, 9% of all patients

10 18
LISINOPRIL 631

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

578

prescriptions.

128

patients, 9% of all patients

11 6
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 492

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

94

patients, 7% of all patients

10 12 104
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 455

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

435

prescriptions.

95

patients, 7% of all patients

13 7
KLOR-CON 8 420

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

415

prescriptions.

89

patients, 6% of all patients

10 14 126
CLOPIDOGREL 411

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

77

patients, 6% of all patients

15 8
SIMVASTATIN 382

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

369

prescriptions.

67

patients, 5% of all patients

16 11
ELIQUIS 364

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

59

patients, 4% of all patients

17 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 333

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

67

patients, 5% of all patients

18 21
DIGOXIN 330

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

55

patients, 4% of all patients

19 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 323

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

55

patients, 4% of all patients

20 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

21 37
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

22 102
AMIODARONE HCL 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

23 17
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

24 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

25 30
XARELTO 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

26 13
METOLAZONE 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

27 122
CHLORTHALIDONE 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

28 53
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

29 74
DIGOX 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

30 58
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

31 83
DILTIAZEM HCL 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

31 112
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

33 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

34 14
KLOR-CON 10 88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

35 202
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

36 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

37 33
ALLOPURINOL 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

38 45
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

39 47
JANTOVEN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

40 207
RANEXA 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 41 31
ZETIA 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

42 26
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 12, 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.