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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,169Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 563

$4.77M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 563

409 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52% Patients 65 Years and Older

36% 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

11% of this provider’s 409 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 214 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

11% of this provider’s 409 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$521 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $237 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$6.15M

2012

$6.21M

2013

$5.29M

2014

$4.77M

2015

Number of Claims

14,398

2012

14,352

2013

11,528

2014

9,169

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

434

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

48

patients, 12% of all patients

1 162
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

408

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

54

patients, 13% of all patients

2 166
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

407

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

57

patients, 14% of all patients

3 167
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

4 155
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

52

patients, 13% of all patients

5 10
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

283

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

6 192
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

7 60
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

8 13
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

9 219
EPZICOM 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

10 206
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

10 11 223
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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

12 230
INTELENCE 149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

13 236
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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

14 237
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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

15 8
CIALIS

Treats men who have erecti... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

16 249
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

17 21
REYATAZ 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

18 266
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

19 190
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

20 9
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

21 81
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

R 21 34
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 23 170
NEVIRAPINE ER 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

24 284
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

25 7
LAMIVUDINE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

25 285
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

27 26
SUSTIVA 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 27 287
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

29 27
LEXIVA 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 10 30 292
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

31 20
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

32 30
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

32 17
NEVIRAPINE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 34 294
SELZENTRY 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

35 296
TRIUMEQ 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 36 298
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 37 103
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

37 28
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 39 259
ABACAVIR 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 317
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 41 48
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 41 136
BUPROPION HCL SR

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 43 202
KALETRA 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 44 328
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 45 43
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

46 124
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

A 47 59
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 48 31
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

49 61
TIVICAY 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 49 246
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

51 18
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 March 1, 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.