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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,925Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1128 out of 6974

$3.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 6974

286 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

40% 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

18% of this provider’s 286 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 197 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

23% of this provider’s 286 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$364 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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

$1.97M

2012

$2.38M

2013

$2.81M

2014

$3.24M

2015

Number of Claims

6,465

2012

7,803

2013

8,502

2014

8,925

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
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

315

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

35

patients, 12% of all patients

1 144
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

41

patients, 14% of all patients

2 1
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

227

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

37

patients, 13% of all patients

3 6
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

4 180
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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

37

patients, 13% of all patients

5 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

35

patients, 12% of all patients

6 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

34

patients, 12% of all patients

6 5
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

8 182
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

34

patients, 12% of all patients

O 9 9
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

32

patients, 11% of all patients

10 26
NEVIRAPINE ER 160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

10 11 406
TIVICAY 154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

12 235
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

13 113
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

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

14 2
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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

15 16
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

R 16 34
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

17 151
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

18 36
INTELENCE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 19 307
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

20 23
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

21 14
EPZICOM 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

22 232
REYATAZ 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

23 254
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

24 10
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

24 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

26 19
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

27 253
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

28 56
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

29 41
COMPLERA 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 30 366
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

31 13
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 32 190
VIREAD 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 33 276
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

Treats low testosterone levels when your body does not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

34 296
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

35 3
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

35 12
STRIBILD 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 37 407
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

37 156
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

39 28
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 40 66
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

A 40 136
EDURANT 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 42 525
LAMIVUDINE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 42 380
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

44 54
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

45 7
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 45 260
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

47 76
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

O 48 80
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 48 31
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 50 20
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

51 11
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE

Used to treat symptoms of l... +

Used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who do not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

51 310
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 53 43
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 19, 2017.
  • 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.