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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,652Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 563

$2.71M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 563

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

92% 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

56% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

21% of this provider’s 291 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$281 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $237 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.43M

2012

$2.47M

2013

$2.82M

2014

$2.71M

2015

Number of Claims

12,664

2012

12,460

2013

11,264

2014

9,652

2015

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

745

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

701

prescriptions.

128

patients, 40% of all patients

1 1
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

570

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

535

prescriptions.

114

patients, 36% of all patients

2 2
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

404

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

89

patients, 28% of all patients

3 6
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

401

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

77

patients, 24% of all patients

4 3
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

397

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

89

patients, 28% of all patients

5 5
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

321

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

75

patients, 23% of all patients

6 94
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

65

patients, 20% of all patients

7 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

71

patients, 22% of all patients

8 14
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

42

patients, 13% of all patients

9 108
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

131

patients, 41% of all patients

A 10 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

11 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

12 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

13 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

42

patients, 13% of all patients

R 14 34
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

15 56
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

16 21
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

17 17
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

17 60
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

19 224
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

20 177
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

21 71
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

22 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

23 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

24 75
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

52

patients, 16% of all patients

25 4
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

26 196
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

27 20
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

56

patients, 18% of all patients

A 28 12
TRACLEER 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 29 144
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

29 259
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

31 18
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 50
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

33 42
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

O 34 33
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 35 48
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

36 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

37 29
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

38 115
XOLAIR 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 39 232
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 40 168
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

O 40 16
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE

Treats diarrhea. +

Treats diarrhea. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

34

patients, 11% of all patients

42 207
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 Jan. 7, 2016.
  • 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.