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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,648Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 568 out of 6974

$6.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 6974

208 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
36% Patients 65 Years and Older

73% 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

25% of this provider’s 208 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

18 of this provider’s 74 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

31% of this provider’s 208 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$494 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

61 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$2.96M

2012

$3.67M

2013

$5.55M

2014

$6.25M

2015

Number of Claims

11,252

2012

14,715

2013

13,517

2014

12,648

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
TIVICAY 416

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

53

patients, 25% of all patients

10 1 235
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

396

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

47

patients, 23% of all patients

2 144
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

311

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

36

patients, 17% of all patients

3 182
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

302

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

42

patients, 20% of all patients

4 1
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

53

patients, 25% of all patients

5 151
EPZICOM 275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

37

patients, 18% of all patients

6 232
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

35

patients, 17% of all patients

7 26
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

Treats low testosterone levels when your body does not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

42

patients, 20% of all patients

10 8 296
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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

34

patients, 16% of all patients

9 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

48

patients, 23% of all patients

O 10 9
TRIUMEQ 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

28

patients, 13% of all patients

11 302
PREZCOBIX 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

25

patients, 12% of all patients

10 12 484
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

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

26

patients, 13% of all patients

13 38
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

25

patients, 12% of all patients

14 5
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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

14 16
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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

R 16 34
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

30

patients, 14% of all patients

17 14
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

18 180
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

32

patients, 15% of all patients

19 190
REYATAZ 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

20 254
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

21 253
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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

22 12
EDURANT 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

10 23 525
SELZENTRY 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

10 24 397
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

25 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

26 27
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

27 37
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

28

patients, 13% of all patients

28 28
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

29 3
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

30 62
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

31 287
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

32 87
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE

Used to treat symptoms of l... +

Used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who do not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

32 310
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

34 111
VIREAD 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

35 276
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

36 29
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

37 24
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

38 82
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

A 39 136
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

40 92
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 41 63
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 42 40
LAMIVUDINE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

43 380
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

44 39
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

45 282
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 46 10
INTELENCE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 46 307
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

48 36
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

49 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 R 49 152
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 51 41
LEXIVA 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 51 568
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 53 137
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

P 54 241
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 55 74
DRONABINOL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 56 479
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 56 76
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 58 114
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

P 58 393
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 60 70
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 O 60 108
VASCEPA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 60 125
SUSTIVA 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 63 456
NEVIRAPINE ER 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 63 406
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 63 8
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 63 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 67 23
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 Oct. 28, 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.