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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,347Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2612 out of 6974

$3.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 6974

331 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

32% 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

0% of this provider’s 251 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

51% of this provider’s 331 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 331 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$741 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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

$3.15M

2012

$3.28M

2013

$2.95M

2014

$3.96M

2015

Number of Claims

8,054

2012

6,507

2013

4,864

2014

5,347

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
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

438

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

62

patients, 19% of all patients

1 180
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

376

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

54

patients, 16% of all patients

2 151
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

302

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

49

patients, 15% of all patients

3 144
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

269

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

41

patients, 12% of all patients

4 190
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

262

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

45

patients, 14% of all patients

5 182
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

193

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

6 1
LAMIVUDINE 173

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

10 7 380
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

137

patients, 41% of all patients

A 8 42
EPZICOM 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

9 232
INTELENCE 103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

10 307
ABACAVIR 100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

11 419
REYATAZ 89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

12 254
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

13 287
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

O 13 9
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

15 36
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

16 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

17 14
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

18 282
ATOVAQUONE-PROGUANIL HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

61

patients, 18% of all patients

19 420
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

R 20 34
NEVIRAPINE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 21 505
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

22 26
VIREAD 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 23 276
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 Dec. 19, 2011.
  • 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.