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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,703Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

76% 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

32% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

10% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$112 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.04M

2014

$1.22M

2015

$1.31M

2016

Number of Claims

13,117

2014

12,427

2015

11,703

2016

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.

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 1,038

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

994

prescriptions.

259

patients, 48% of all patients

1 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 733

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

684

prescriptions.

184

patients, 34% of all patients

2 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 557

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

526

prescriptions.

161

patients, 30% of all patients

3 1
METFORMIN HCL 434

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

399

prescriptions.

109

patients, 20% of all patients

4 25
OMEPRAZOLE 425

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

134

patients, 25% of all patients

5 27
SIMVASTATIN 317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

82

patients, 15% of all patients

6 11
VALSARTAN 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

7 19
CLOPIDOGREL 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

8 8
FUROSEMIDE 181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

9 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

10 9
LISINOPRIL 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

11 6
CARVEDILOL 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

12 2
JANUVIA 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

13 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

14 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

15 18
TRADJENTA 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

16 115
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

17 22
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

18 118
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

19 4
TRAMADOL HCL 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 57
MELOXICAM 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

21 78
AZITHROMYCIN 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

102

patients, 19% of all patients

A 22 80
DONEPEZIL HCL 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

23 68
GLIMEPIRIDE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

24 82
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

24 195
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

26 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

26 14
BENICAR 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

28 44
GABAPENTIN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

29 41
ZETIA 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

30 26
ALLOPURINOL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

31 45
LOVASTATIN 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

32 72
CELECOXIB 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

33 85
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

34 168
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

35 64
LYRICA 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

36 109
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

37 23
NAMENDA XR 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

38 108
BENAZEPRIL HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

39 33
MECLIZINE HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

40 87
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

40 39
COLCHICINE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

42 272
ATENOLOL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

43 16
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE* 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

44 287
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

44 100
CRESTOR 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

46 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 46 93
ALPRAZOLAM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

48 61
PROAIR HFA 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

48 129
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

48 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

51 10
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

52 187
FENOFIBRATE* 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

53 120
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 355
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

55 63
ULORIC 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

56 116
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

57 36
AZOR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 128
BYSTOLIC 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

59 32
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 June 29, 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.