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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 796 out of 6974

$838K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 698 out of 6974

204 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
89% 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 199 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

19% of this provider’s 204 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 204 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

53 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

$694K

2012

$825K

2013

$1.06M

2014

$838K

2015

Number of Claims

8,523

2012

10,731

2013

12,501

2014

10,898

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
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

842

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

802

prescriptions.

151

patients, 74% of all patients

1 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

598

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

570

prescriptions.

128

patients, 63% of all patients

2 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

498

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

487

prescriptions.

67

patients, 33% of all patients

3 15
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

465

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

448

prescriptions.

79

patients, 39% of all patients

4 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

412

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

399

prescriptions.

77

patients, 38% of all patients

5 1
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

346

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

49

patients, 24% of all patients

6 2
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

302

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

287

prescriptions.

65

patients, 32% of all patients

7 28
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

67

patients, 33% of all patients

8 115
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

277

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

42

patients, 21% of all patients

9 5
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

54

patients, 26% of all patients

10 68
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

44

patients, 22% of all patients

11 89
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

38

patients, 19% of all patients

12 14
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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

45

patients, 22% of all patients

13 58
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

40

patients, 20% of all patients

14 184
LOVAZA 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

32

patients, 16% of all patients

15 211
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

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

29

patients, 14% of all patients

16 16
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

33

patients, 16% of all patients

17 169
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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

29

patients, 14% of all patients

18 19
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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

18 12
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

30

patients, 15% of all patients

20 171
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

28

patients, 14% of all patients

21 27
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

21

patients, 10% of all patients

22 7
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

27

patients, 13% of all patients

23 88
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

24 10
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

18

patients, 9% of all patients

25 32
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

26 3
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

27 21
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

28 4
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

29 55
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

25

patients, 12% of all patients

30 39
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

35

patients, 17% of all patients

31 82
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (change of life; end of menstrual periods). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

32 112
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

33 87
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

34 8
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

35 72
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

28

patients, 14% of all patients

35 51
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 37 66
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

38 33
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

39 83
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

40 110
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

41 118
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

42 73
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 9% of all patients

42 159
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

44 154
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

45 183
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

46 102
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

46 67
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

46 40
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

Prevent or treat attacks of gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 49 326
DESLORATADINE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 50 571
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 Jan. 2, 2013.
  • 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.