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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,156Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 625 out of 6974

$712K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 925 out of 6974

409 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

98% 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 370 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

57% of this provider’s 409 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 370 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

5% of this provider’s 409 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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

$541K

2012

$630K

2013

$700K

2014

$712K

2015

Number of Claims

10,861

2012

11,717

2013

12,013

2014

12,156

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
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

1,223

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

1,188

prescriptions.

197

patients, 48% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,073

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

993

prescriptions.

192

patients, 47% of all patients

2 1
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

653

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

605

prescriptions.

96

patients, 23% of all patients

3 8
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

636

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

603

prescriptions.

114

patients, 28% of all patients

4 7
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

426

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

107

patients, 26% of all patients

5 6
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

380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

64

patients, 16% of all patients

6 31
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

321

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

167

patients, 41% of all patients

A 7 105
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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

113

patients, 28% of all patients

8 51
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

9 40
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

49

patients, 12% of all patients

10 57
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

91

patients, 22% of all patients

11 127
PATADAY

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.

78

patients, 19% of all patients

12 159
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

13 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

88

patients, 22% of all patients

14 17
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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

15 16
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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

16 15
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

17 47
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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

18 13
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, gout, or sore tendons. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

72

patients, 18% of all patients

18 324
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

20 4
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

21 46
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

22 101
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

23 24
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

92

patients, 22% of all patients

A 24 42
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

25 35
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

26 14
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

27 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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

28 3
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

29 28
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

30 54
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

31 19
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

32 49
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

33 37
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

48

patients, 12% of all patients

33 43
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

35 100
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

36 84
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

37 177
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

38 11
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

39 88
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE

Treats diarrhea. +

Treats diarrhea. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

48

patients, 12% of all patients

40 234
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 58
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

42 183
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

43 5
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

Treats diarrhea and decreases the amount of drainage in patients who have ostomies. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

49

patients, 12% of all patients

44 250
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

44 39
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

46 10
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

47 72
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

48 178
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

49 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 49 129
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

51 21
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 Aug. 20, 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.