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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,884Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 231 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

651 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
4% 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

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

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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 *

34% 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

$204 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

$1.3M

2014

$1.01M

2015

$1.2M

2016

Number of Claims

5,717

2014

5,346

2015

5,884

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
ZETIA 444

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

439

prescriptions.

153

patients, 24% of all patients

1 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 380

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

126

patients, 19% of all patients

2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 371

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

129

patients, 20% of all patients

3 1
CRESTOR 230

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

104

patients, 16% of all patients

4 20
CLOPIDOGREL 204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

5 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

6 7
CARVEDILOL 184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

7 2
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 174

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

101

patients, 16% of all patients

8 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

9 4
ELIQUIS 148

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

10 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

11 15
VALSARTAN 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

11 19
FUROSEMIDE 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

13 5
LISINOPRIL 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

13 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

15 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

16 9
IRBESARTAN 90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

17 86
NIACIN ER 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

18 132
SPIRONOLACTONE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

19 21
ATENOLOL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

20 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

21 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

22 29
METFORMIN HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

23 25
WELCHOL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

23 134
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

23 36
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

26 33
REPATHA SURECLICK 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

27 144
RANEXA 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

28 31
PRALUENT PEN 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

28 158
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 June 29, 2009.
  • 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.