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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,022Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 285 out of 1461

$7.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1461

429 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

79% 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 402 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

21% of this provider’s 429 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 402 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 429 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$1902 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $216 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$4.44M

2012

$4.5M

2013

$6.02M

2014

$7.65M

2015

Number of Claims

3,152

2012

3,333

2013

4,086

2014

4,022

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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O

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
EXEMESTANE 240

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

1 266
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

205

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

2 30
LETROZOLE

Used to treat certain types... +

Used to treat certain types of breast cancer in women who have already stopped menstruating (postmenopausal). Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

3 124
AVASTIN 128

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

10 4 426
ERBITUX 113

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

10 5 542
TARCEVA 104

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

6 314
NEUPOGEN 101

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

10 7 445
PROCRIT 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

8 233
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

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

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

54

patients, 13% of all patients

9 485
TAMOXIFEN CITRATE

Tamoxifen is used to treat ... +

Tamoxifen is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in men and women. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

10 166
ANASTROZOLE

Treats certain types of bre... +

Treats certain types of breast cancer in women who have stopped menstruating (postmenopausal). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

11 90
RITUXAN 64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

10 12 607
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

A 12 83
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

14 174
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

15 183
CLINISOL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 16 367
DEXAMETHASONE

Treats inflammation and man... +

Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

16 250
VELCADE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 10 18 637
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

19 4
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

20 29
ZYTIGA 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 21 300
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

O 21 7
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 April 28, 2016.
  • 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.