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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,472Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 511

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 511

326 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

100% 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

62% of this provider’s 326 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 32%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 301 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 326 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$116 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$746K

2012

$1.09M

2013

$1.16M

2014

$1.1M

2015

Number of Claims

8,430

2012

10,604

2013

10,093

2014

9,472

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
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

433

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

96

patients, 29% of all patients

1 1
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

407

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

106

patients, 33% of all patients

2 29
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

343

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

66

patients, 20% of all patients

3 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

304

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

105

patients, 32% of all patients

4 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

297

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

88

patients, 27% of all patients

5 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

81

patients, 25% of all patients

6 5
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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

7 102
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

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

66

patients, 20% of all patients

8 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

9 44
RISEDRONATE SODIUM DR 170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

48

patients, 15% of all patients

10 10 321
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

57

patients, 17% of all patients

11 111
RESTASIS

Treats chronic dry eye dise... +

Treats chronic dry eye disease by increasing the amount of tears in your eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

60

patients, 18% of all patients

12 192
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

40

patients, 12% of all patients

13 3
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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

14 132
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

68

patients, 21% of all patients

15 33
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

Ketorolac is used to relieve moderately severe pain, usually after surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

59

patients, 18% of all patients

R 16 186
CALCITONIN-SALMON

Calcitonin salmon is used t... +

Calcitonin salmon is used to treat osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years past menopause and cannot or do not want to take estrogen products. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

17 348
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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

17 2
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

54

patients, 17% of all patients

19 65
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

20 63
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

107

patients, 33% of all patients

A 20 43
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

42

patients, 13% of all patients

O 22 19
ATELVIA 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

48

patients, 15% of all patients

23 246
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

24 25
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

90

patients, 28% of all patients

A 25 97
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

25 35
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

27 20
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

44

patients, 13% of all patients

28 24
JENTADUETO 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

28 291
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

30 79
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

31 13
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

32 49
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

33 52
BINOSTO 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

10 34 382
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

35 51
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

35 6
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

37 28
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

38 113
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

57

patients, 17% of all patients

39 37
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

40 57
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

41 114
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

41 47
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

43 26
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE

Treats diarrhea. +

Treats diarrhea. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

52

patients, 16% of all patients

44 159
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 45 73
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

46 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 P 46 78
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

46 27
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 49 64
PROCTOZONE-HC

Hydrocortisone is available... +

Hydrocortisone is available with or without a prescription. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

49 158
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

51 41
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

52 18
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

51

patients, 16% of all patients

A 53 145
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

54 53
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

55 12
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

55 46
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

55 105
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 Nov. 21, 2011.
  • 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.