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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,131Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 506 out of 6974

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 463 out of 6974

450 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

69% 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 432 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

48% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 432 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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

$974K

2012

$1.02M

2013

$1.07M

2014

$1.04M

2015

Number of Claims

13,603

2012

13,938

2013

13,748

2014

13,131

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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

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

1,046

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,007

prescriptions.

192

patients, 43% of all patients

1 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

607

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

581

prescriptions.

123

patients, 27% of all patients

2 1
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

582

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

552

prescriptions.

103

patients, 23% of all patients

3 8
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

537

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

516

prescriptions.

119

patients, 26% of all patients

4 2
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

461

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

424

prescriptions.

114

patients, 25% of all patients

5 57
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

362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

80

patients, 18% of all patients

6 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

354

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

7 27
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

164

patients, 36% of all patients

A 8 42
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

276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

51

patients, 11% of all patients

9 66
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

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

10 15
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

11 4
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

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

12 3
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

13 87
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

58

patients, 13% of all patients

14 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

15 50
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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

16 12
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

17 14
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

18 21
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

19 40
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

20 24
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

21 47
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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

22 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

23 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

24 17
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

25 10
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

26 72
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

27 101
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

28 56
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

29 257
LIDOCAINE HCL*

Lidocaine viscous, a local ... +

Lidocaine viscous, a local anesthetic, is used to treat the pain of a sore or irritated mouth and throat often associated with cancer chemotherapy and certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

30 431
LOVAZA 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

30 211
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

32 272
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

33 28
TAMIFLU

Used in the treatment of th... +

Used in the treatment of the infection caused by the flu virus (influenza A and influenza B). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

33 252
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

35 51
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

35 26
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

37 102
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

38 55
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

39 91
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

39 32
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

41 38
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 37
NIFEDICAL XL

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 43 229
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

R 43 34
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

43 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

46 18
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 47 33
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

48 20
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

48 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

50 23
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

50 110
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

52 352
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 52 304
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 54 178
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

54 5
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

54 82
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

54 68
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 58 134
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 59 54
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 60 67
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

61 154
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 June 22, 2010.
  • 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.