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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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19,591Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 1461

$2.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1461

1,457 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% 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 1,398 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

62% of this provider’s 1,457 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

24% of this provider’s 1,398 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

1% of this provider’s 1,457 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $216 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$1.98M

2012

$2.28M

2013

$2.56M

2014

$2.75M

2015

Number of Claims

20,507

2012

21,062

2013

21,165

2014

19,591

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
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

2,888

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

2,715

prescriptions.

352

patients, 24% of all patients

10 1 8
VESICARE

Solifenacin is used to trea... +

Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

2,618

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

2,578

prescriptions.

300

patients, 21% of all patients

10 2 82
PREMARIN

Estrogens are female hormon... +

Estrogens are female hormones. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,346

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

2,309

prescriptions.

407

patients, 28% of all patients

R 10 3 104
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

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

2,182

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

2,182

prescriptions.

248

patients, 17% of all patients

10 4 76
RAPAFLO

Treats problems caused by a... +

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

1,559

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,554

prescriptions.

197

patients, 14% of all patients

10 5 122
MYRBETRIQ

Used to treat overactive bl... +

Used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,018

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

986

prescriptions.

150

patients, 10% of all patients

10 6 142
IMIPRAMINE HCL

Imipramine tablets and caps... +

Imipramine tablets and capsules are used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

859

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

859

prescriptions.

102

patients, 7% of all patients

R 10 7 248
ALFUZOSIN HCL ER

Alfuzosin is used in men to... +

Alfuzosin is used in men to treat 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

833

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

812

prescriptions.

92

patients, 6% of all patients

10 8 136
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

723

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

701

prescriptions.

545

patients, 37% of all patients

A 9 83
TOVIAZ

Used to treat symptoms of a... +

Used to treat symptoms of an overactive bladder, such as incontinence (loss of bladder control) or a frequent need to urinate. Source: National Library of Medicine

456

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

10 10 285
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

379

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

323

patients, 22% of all patients

A 11 37
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO

Nitrofurantoinis used to tr... +

Nitrofurantoinis used to treat urinary tract infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

367

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

237

patients, 16% of all patients

A R 10 12 187
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

13 23
DUTASTERIDE 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

108

patients, 7% of all patients

10 14 433
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

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

15 159
JALYN 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

16 395
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

17 238
POTASSIUM CITRATE ER

Potassium citrate is used t... +

Potassium citrate is used to treat a kidney stone condition called renal tubular acidosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

18 282
TROSPIUM CHLORIDE 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

19 410
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

101

patients, 7% of all patients

20 301
TOLTERODINE TARTRATE ER

Tolterodine is used treat o... +

Tolterodine is used treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination) to relieve urinary difficulties, including frequent urination and inability to control urination. Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

21 383
NITROFURANTOIN

Treats or prevents urinary ... +

Treats or prevents urinary tract infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

55

patients, 4% of all patients

A R 22 276
ELMIRON 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

23 339
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE

Bethanechol is used to reli... +

Bethanechol is used to relieve difficulties in urinating caused by surgery, drugs, or other factors. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

24 182
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

<11 25 125
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

<11 26 273
ESTRACE

Estrogens are female hormones. +

Estrogens are female hormones. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

R 27 368
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 28 32
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

59

patients, 4% of all patients

A 29 88
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 30 102
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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

A 31 360
TOLTERODINE TARTRATE

Tolterodine is used treat o... +

Tolterodine is used treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination) to relieve urinary difficulties, including frequent urination and inability to control urination. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

32 632
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 33 204
UROCIT-K 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 10 34 660
MEGESTROL ACETATE

Megestrol tablets treat bre... +

Megestrol tablets treat breast and uterine cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 R 35 330
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. 30, 2013.
  • 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.