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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,675Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 90 providers in this state and specialty

$703K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 90 providers in this state and specialty

406 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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

7% of this provider’s 355 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Antibiotics

27% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Opioids

23% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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

$1.03M

2014

$960K

2015

$703K

2016

Number of Claims

20,915

2014

18,101

2015

13,675

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 565

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

541

prescriptions.

91

patients, 22% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 413

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

77

patients, 19% of all patients

2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 413

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

60

patients, 15% of all patients

2 2
FAMOTIDINE* 384

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

62

patients, 15% of all patients

4 19
SIMVASTATIN 370

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

5 8
LISINOPRIL 364

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

56

patients, 14% of all patients

7 11
FUROSEMIDE 336

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

52

patients, 13% of all patients

8 4
METFORMIN HCL 312

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

9 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 282

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

10 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

11 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

60

patients, 15% of all patients

O 12 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

47

patients, 12% of all patients

13 18
MEMANTINE HCL 233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

14 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

15 16
GABAPENTIN 215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

16 10
OMEPRAZOLE 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

17 6
MIRTAZAPINE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

18 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

19 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

20 9
CARVEDILOL 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

21 21
TRAMADOL HCL 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

O 22 29
NOVOLOG 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

23 110
HYDRALAZINE HCL 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

24 48
GLIPIZIDE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

25 30
ATENOLOL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

26 20
CLOPIDOGREL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

26 23
LEVETIRACETAM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

26 49
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

29 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

30 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

31 38
BACLOFEN 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

31 55
FINASTERIDE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

34 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

35 24
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

35 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 64
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 38 151
LEVEMIR 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

39 156
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

40 145
JANUVIA 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

41 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

41 47
TEMAZEPAM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

43 83
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

43 17
NUEDEXTA 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 45 89
RENVELA 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 46 142
NEXIUM 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 46 56
ELIQUIS 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 46 74
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

P 49 32
RANITIDINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

49 53
PROTONIX 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 49 238
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

52 127
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

52 123
JANTOVEN 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 52 108
LACTULOSE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

55 88
DULOXETINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 55 45
LATANOPROST 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

57 104
LORAZEPAM 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

58 28
DIGOXIN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 59 106
HEPARIN SODIUM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

59 155
DUTASTERIDE 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 59 178
GEMFIBROZIL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

59 129
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 63 167
SANTYL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

64 196
NAMENDA XR 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 64 39
HUMALOG 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 66 117
LOVASTATIN 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 67 43
HUMULIN R 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

68 118
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 68 159
SPIRONOLACTONE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 68 76
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 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.