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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,738Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 964 out of 6974

$3.64M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 6974

230 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
20% Patients 65 Years and Older

90% 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

25% of this provider’s 230 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

35% of this provider’s 230 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$374 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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

$3.3M

2012

$3.99M

2013

$3.54M

2014

$3.64M

2015

Number of Claims

8,308

2012

10,513

2013

10,258

2014

9,738

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

277

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

37

patients, 16% of all patients

O 1 9
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

267

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

48

patients, 21% of all patients

2 144
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

247

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

34

patients, 15% of all patients

3 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

33

patients, 14% of all patients

4 1
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

46

patients, 20% of all patients

5 151
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

210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

24

patients, 10% of all patients

6 3
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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

29

patients, 13% of all patients

7 6
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

28

patients, 12% of all patients

8 182
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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

35

patients, 15% of all patients

9 43
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

10 37
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

21

patients, 9% of all patients

11 5
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

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

12 253
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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

25

patients, 11% of all patients

R 13 34
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

14 113
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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

14 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

26

patients, 11% of all patients

O 16 80
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

33

patients, 14% of all patients

17 190
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

24

patients, 10% of all patients

18 26
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

18 8
EPZICOM 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

20 232
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

21 36
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

22 287
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

22

patients, 10% of all patients

A 23 136
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

O 23 223
DRONABINOL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

25 479
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

26 282
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

27 296
COMPLERA 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

27 366
REYATAZ 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

29 254
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 30 62
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

31 180
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

31 111
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

33 66
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

O 34 120
TRIUMEQ 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

35 302
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 36 31
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

37 28
KALETRA 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 38 584
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 39 2
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

40 250
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

41 17
TESTOSTERONE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 10 42 638
OXANDROLONE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 43 509
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

O 43 108
SEROSTIM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 45 433
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 46 12
BUPROPION XL

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 46 156
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 46 15
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 46 35
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

50 310
STRIBILD 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 51 407
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 51 247
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 53 94
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 54 169
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 55 82
NEVIRAPINE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 56 505
TERBINAFINE HCL

Terbinafine is used to trea... +

Terbinafine is used to treat fungal infections of the toenail and fingernail. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 56 389
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 58 95
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.