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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,788Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 255 out of 7305

$792K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 355 out of 7305

990 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

8% 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

20% of this provider’s 990 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

15% of this provider’s 876 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

26% of this provider’s 990 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

$533K

2012

$767K

2013

$770K

2014

$792K

2015

Number of Claims

10,203

2012

13,267

2013

13,544

2014

13,788

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

807

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

549

prescriptions.

154

patients, 16% of all patients

O 1 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

547

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

492

prescriptions.

138

patients, 14% of all patients

2 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

518

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

135

patients, 14% of all patients

3 5
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

461

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

406

prescriptions.

110

patients, 11% of all patients

4 2
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

416

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

96

patients, 10% of all patients

5 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

408

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

6 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

407

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

103

patients, 10% of all patients

7 1
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

359

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

88

patients, 9% of all patients

8 57
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

296

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

9 4
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

295

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

84

patients, 8% of all patients

10 6
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

11 41
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

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

12 16
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

238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

62

patients, 6% of all patients

R 13 39
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

13 13
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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

15 9
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

201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

16 21
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

17 12
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

O 17 25
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

19 11
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

19 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

21 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

O 22 65
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

23 34
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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

24 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

25 26
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

26 22
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

27 20
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

28 28
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

29 67
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

30 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

R 31 153
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

31 29
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

33 50
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

34 134
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

O 35 79
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

36 30
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

37 63
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

37 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

39 17
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

40 115
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline 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), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

41 37
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

42 38
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 59
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 53
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 O 45 129
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

46 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

47 27
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

48 82
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

48 84
ESTRADIOL

Replaces estrogen that decr... +

Replaces estrogen that decreases with menopause or removal of the ovaries. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

R 50 145
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

R 51 119
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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

52 15
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

52 36
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

54 98
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

54 31
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

A 56 127
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

57 55
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

R 58 122
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

59 32
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 60 105
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

60 91
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 60 46
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.