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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,497Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 147 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$763K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

700 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

21% 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

4% of this provider’s 700 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 700 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$102 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$569K

2014

$645K

2015

$763K

2016

Number of Claims

7,412

2014

7,776

2015

7,497

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
CARVEDILOL 662

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

645

prescriptions.

144

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 434

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

112

patients, 16% of all patients

2 5
CLOPIDOGREL 370

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

339

prescriptions.

92

patients, 13% of all patients

3 4
FUROSEMIDE 327

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

96

patients, 14% of all patients

4 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 321

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

92

patients, 13% of all patients

5 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

6 3
VALSARTAN 242

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

7 24
ELIQUIS 237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

8 13
LISINOPRIL 226

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

9 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

10 12
SIMVASTATIN 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

11 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

12 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

13 9
CRESTOR 130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

14 20
PRADAXA 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

15 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

16 10
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

18 15
RANEXA 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

19 23
VASCEPA 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

20 80
CLONIDINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

21 33
IRBESARTAN 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

21 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

23 8
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

24 105
AMIODARONE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

24 18
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

26 45
BUMETANIDE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

27 73
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

28 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

29 16
BYSTOLIC 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 31
DIGOXIN 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

31 22
CILOSTAZOL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 49
XARELTO 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

33 17
CARTIA XT 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

34 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

34 19
PROPAFENONE HCL ER 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

36 146
FENOFIBRATE* 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 37 68
BENICAR 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

38 63
MULTAQ 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 39 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 62
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

40 37
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 Dec. 15, 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.