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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,646Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 1461

$6.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 1461

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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

27% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

17% of this provider’s 263 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

16% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$442 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $216 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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

$4.92M

2012

$5.3M

2013

$5.99M

2014

$6.03M

2015

Number of Claims

13,698

2012

14,595

2013

14,556

2014

13,646

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

598

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

111

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

594

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

60

patients, 15% of all patients

10 2 242
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

570

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

62

patients, 15% of all patients

3 207
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

519

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

78

patients, 19% of all patients

10 4 217
EPZICOM 409

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

44

patients, 11% of all patients

10 5 328
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

392

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

6 227
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

316

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

73

patients, 18% of all patients

7 5
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

299

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

8 296
INTELENCE 259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

9 373
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

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

52

patients, 13% of all patients

10 4
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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

11 2
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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

12 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

12 12
TIVICAY 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

14 403
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

15 385
NEVIRAPINE ER 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

10 16 494
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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

17 18
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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

18 8
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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

19 27
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

20 28
SELZENTRY 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

10 21 457
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

22 11
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

23 45
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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

R 24 36
REYATAZ 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

25 370
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

26 245
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

26 25
SUSTIVA 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

26 531
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

O 29 7
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

30 47
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

31 10
VIREAD 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

32 281
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

33 333
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

34 94
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

35 380
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

36 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

37 14
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 87
TRIUMEQ 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 39 389
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 40 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

40 31
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

42 20
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

A 43 88
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

O 44 80
LAMIVUDINE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 45 493
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

46 50
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

47 6
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 48 54
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

49 17
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

50 98
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 50 448
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

52 41
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 52 91
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

52 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

52 170
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

56 32
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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 56 74
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

58 156
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

59 85
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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

60 61
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

61 9
COMPLERA 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 62 610
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

63 81
ABACAVIR 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 63 449
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

65 15
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

A 66 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 R 67 164
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 68 13
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 69 96
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 O 69 175
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.