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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,172Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4266 out of 6974

$3.98M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 6974

169 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

19% 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

17% of this provider’s 169 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 155 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 169 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$1255 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

2012

$2.85M

2013

$3.2M

2014

$3.98M

2015

Number of Claims

2012

1,937

2013

2,441

2014

3,172

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
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

Treats problems with urination caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

297

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

69

patients, 41% of all patients

1 126
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

277

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

61

patients, 36% of all patients

2 55
LEUKINE 206

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

39

patients, 23% of all patients

10 3 588
FONDAPARINUX SODIUM 123

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

23

patients, 14% of all patients

10 4 585
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

121

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

38

patients, 22% of all patients

5 61
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

94

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

31

patients, 18% of all patients

6 37
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

92

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

28

patients, 17% of all patients

7 72
VASCEPA 76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

17

patients, 10% of all patients

8 125
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

29

patients, 17% of all patients

9 293
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

10 97
ZYTIGA 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

10 624
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

69

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

25

patients, 15% of all patients

12 19
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

65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

13 3
DUTASTERIDE 62

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

43

patients, 25% of all patients

14 622
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

15 53
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 9% of all patients

16 163
XTANDI 56

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

17 659
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 Feb. 24, 2015.
  • 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.