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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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11,031Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 765 out of 6974

$1.83M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 164 out of 6974

160 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

99% 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

48% of this provider’s 160 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

28% of this provider’s 143 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

21% of this provider’s 160 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

$166 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

69 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

$2.04M

2012

$1.97M

2013

$2.17M

2014

$1.83M

2015

Number of Claims

12,553

2012

12,437

2013

12,686

2014

11,031

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
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

535

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

491

prescriptions.

93

patients, 58% of all patients

1 37
VASCEPA 486

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

92

patients, 57% of all patients

2 125
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

478

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

100

patients, 63% of all patients

3 17
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

433

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

397

prescriptions.

81

patients, 51% of all patients

4 38
DOXERCALCIFEROL 338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

63

patients, 39% of all patients

10 5 521
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

74

patients, 46% of all patients

5 87
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

62

patients, 39% of all patients

7 21
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

307

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

76

patients, 48% of all patients

8 67
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

298

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

47

patients, 29% of all patients

9 107
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

287

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

53

patients, 33% of all patients

10 112
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

269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

54

patients, 34% of all patients

11 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

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

64

patients, 40% of all patients

12 110
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

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

49

patients, 31% of all patients

13 2
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

34

patients, 21% of all patients

14 26
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

44

patients, 28% of all patients

15 84
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

34

patients, 21% of all patients

16 64
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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

37

patients, 23% of all patients

17 92
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

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

61

patients, 38% of all patients

18 118
FENOFIBRIC ACID*

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

32

patients, 20% of all patients

19 243
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

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

33

patients, 21% of all patients

R 20 34
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

27

patients, 17% of all patients

21 101
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

43

patients, 27% of all patients

22 51
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

25

patients, 16% of all patients

23 33
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

24

patients, 15% of all patients

24 66
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

Reduces both internal and external inflammation of the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

46

patients, 29% of all patients

25 647
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

36

patients, 23% of all patients

26 174
PARICALCITOL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

31

patients, 19% of all patients

27 513
NEUPRO 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

22

patients, 14% of all patients

28 589
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

29 178
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

24

patients, 15% of all patients

30 1
ECONAZOLE NITRATE

Econazole is used to treat ... +

Econazole is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

32

patients, 20% of all patients

31 228
RAPAFLO

Treats problems caused by a... +

Treats problems caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

32 199
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE

Ophthalmic prednisolone red... +

Ophthalmic prednisolone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

30

patients, 19% of all patients

33 520
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 15% of all patients

34 35
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

35 75
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 12% of all patients

36 47
BRILINTA

Used along with aspirin to ... +

Used along with aspirin to prevent serious or life-threatening problems with the heart and blood vessels in people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

37 497
RISEDRONATE SODIUM DR 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

34

patients, 21% of all patients

38 386
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 11% of all patients

39 49
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 11% of all patients

39 8
PIOGLITAZONE-METFORMIN 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 11% of all patients

39 368
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

42 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

46

patients, 29% of all patients

A 43 71
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

44 236
ATELVIA 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

32

patients, 20% of all patients

45 233
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 11% of all patients

46 171
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN

This combination of medicin... +

This combination of medicines are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 13% of all patients

46 321
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

20

patients, 13% of all patients

O 48 30
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

49 224
CEFDINIR

Treats certain types of ski... +

Treats certain types of skin infections, throat infections, and lung infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, or tonsillitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

42

patients, 26% of all patients

A 49 330
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

51 40
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

O 51 255
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

53 44
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

23

patients, 14% of all patients

54 93
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

17

patients, 11% of all patients

54 16
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 25, 2008.
  • 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.