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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,021Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 499

$2.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 499

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

89% 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

9% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 415 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 40%.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $193 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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

$1.66M

2012

$1.73M

2013

$1.86M

2014

$2.01M

2015

Number of Claims

15,346

2012

16,674

2013

15,910

2014

15,021

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
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

1,019

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

961

prescriptions.

141

patients, 32% of all patients

1 2
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

845

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

774

prescriptions.

118

patients, 27% of all patients

10 2 15
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

797

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

750

prescriptions.

118

patients, 27% of all patients

3 8
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

654

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

615

prescriptions.

98

patients, 22% of all patients

4 7
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

634

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

572

prescriptions.

81

patients, 18% of all patients

5 3
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

586

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

554

prescriptions.

76

patients, 17% of all patients

6 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

580

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

552

prescriptions.

86

patients, 19% of all patients

7 4
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

391

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

56

patients, 13% of all patients

8 27
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

389

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

9 10
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

373

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

54

patients, 12% of all patients

10 19
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

353

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

11 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

317

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

58

patients, 13% of all patients

12 6
ALCOHOL PREP PADS

Prep pads +

Prep pads. Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

64

patients, 14% of all patients

13 117
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

14 29
SURE COMFORT* 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

15 142
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

16 18
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

17 40
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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

18 28
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

19 14
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

20 33
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

21 64
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

22 44
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

23 5
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

24 21
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

25 22
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

26 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

27 66
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

27 81
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

29 68
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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

30 45
SINGLE USE SWAB

Single-use swabs +

Single-use swabs. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

31 125
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

32 111
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

33 189
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

34 20
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

35 53
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

35 31
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

37 96
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

38 103
ATELVIA 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

39 122
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 30
ALCOHOL SWABS 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

10 41 247
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

42 91
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

43 101
ONGLYZA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

44 75
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

44 94
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 46 54
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

47 25
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 48 42
PROLIA 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

49 160
ACARBOSE 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

50 57
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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

51 1
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

52 100
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 53 43
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 53 38
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

55 49
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 56 108
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 57 133
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 58 67
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 124
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

R 60 62
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 60 87
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 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.