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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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9,046Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1101 out of 6974

$4.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 6974

152 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
22% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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

50% of this provider’s 152 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

41% of this provider’s 152 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$501 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

60 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

$3.82M

2012

$4.33M

2013

$4.28M

2014

$4.53M

2015

Number of Claims

8,840

2012

9,505

2013

9,179

2014

9,046

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
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

360

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

38

patients, 25% of all patients

1 144
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

317

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 14% of all patients

O 2 120
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

259

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

32

patients, 21% of all patients

3 182
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

253

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

27

patients, 18% of all patients

4 180
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

O 5 223
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

21

patients, 14% of all patients

6 29
SELZENTRY 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

18

patients, 12% of all patients

10 7 397
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

29

patients, 19% of all patients

7 26
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 12% of all patients

9 5
NEVIRAPINE ER 143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

10 9 406
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

16

patients, 11% of all patients

11 151
TIVICAY 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

11 235
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 O 13 108
COMPLERA 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

13 366
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

37

patients, 24% of all patients

15 310
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 13% of all patients

O 15 9
INTELENCE 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

17 307
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

22

patients, 14% of all patients

R 18 34
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 13% of all patients

19 253
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

16

patients, 11% of all patients

20 1
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

16

patients, 11% of all patients

21 16
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

22 14
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 11% of all patients

23 296
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

17

patients, 11% of all patients

24 55
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 11% of all patients

A 25 136
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

26 27
EPZICOM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

26 232
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 9% of all patients

28 6
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

29 12
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

30 3
TRIUMEQ 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

30 302
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 32 190
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

18

patients, 12% of all patients

33 43
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 13% of all patients

34 28
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 O 35 225
OXANDROLONE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

10 36 509
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 36 111
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 38 76
DRONABINOL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 39 479
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 40 36
LAMIVUDINE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 40 380
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 40 193
ABACAVIR 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 43 419
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 44 38
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 44 156
CIALIS

Treats men who have erecti... +

Treats men who have erectile dysfunction (also called sexual impotence). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 46 410
STRIBILD 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 47 407
REYATAZ 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 47 254
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 9% of all patients

R 49 140
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 50 88
SEROSTIM 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 51 433
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 52 48
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 53 83
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 53 2
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 Nov. 20, 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.