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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,560Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$774K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

817 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

61% 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

2% of this provider’s 725 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

12% of this provider’s 817 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 817 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$702K

2014

$745K

2015

$774K

2016

Number of Claims

15,906

2014

15,247

2015

15,560

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 1,310

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,121

prescriptions.

252

patients, 31% of all patients

1 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 962

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

840

prescriptions.

200

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 915

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

845

prescriptions.

172

patients, 21% of all patients

3 5
CLOPIDOGREL 739

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

639

prescriptions.

128

patients, 16% of all patients

4 4
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 587

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

544

prescriptions.

121

patients, 15% of all patients

10 5 67
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 489

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

431

prescriptions.

101

patients, 12% of all patients

6 9
FUROSEMIDE 481

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

432

prescriptions.

124

patients, 15% of all patients

7 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 478

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

427

prescriptions.

88

patients, 11% of all patients

8 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 414

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

100

patients, 12% of all patients

9 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 376

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

81

patients, 10% of all patients

10 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 370

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

82

patients, 10% of all patients

11 15
CLONIDINE HCL 303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

66

patients, 8% of all patients

12 33
ELIQUIS 273

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

13 13
TORSEMIDE 254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

14 43
AMIODARONE HCL 244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

15 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

16 94
BYSTOLIC 224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

17 31
NIFEDIPINE ER 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

18 40
GABAPENTIN 213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

19 52
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

20 69
OMEPRAZOLE 206

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

21 47
VALSARTAN 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

22 24
METFORMIN HCL 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

23 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

24 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

25 29
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

26 37
SERTRALINE HCL 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

27 99
BENICAR 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

28 77
LISINOPRIL 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 6
XARELTO 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

31 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

32 28
PROPRANOLOL HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

33 148
RAMIPRIL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

34 27
MELOXICAM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

35 81
CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

36 225
FENOFIBRATE* 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

37 65
DIGOXIN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

38 22
SIMVASTATIN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

39 11
KLOR-CON M20 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

40 86
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

40 66
RANEXA 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

42 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

43 16
NIFEDICAL XL 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

43 19
ALLOPURINOL 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

46 72
FENOFIBRATE* 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 68
DILTIAZEM HCL 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

48 83
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

49 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

50 32
ALPRAZOLAM 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

51 48
JANUMET 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 52 242
TRAMADOL HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

O 53 61
BENICAR HCT 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 53 97
NITROSTAT 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

55 35
ATENOLOL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

56 21
LEVOFLOXACIN 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

A 57 158
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 57 90
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

59 217
NEXIUM 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 59 121
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

61 25
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 62 105
PRADAXA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

62 39
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 1, 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.