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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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4,915Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2921 out of 6974

$3.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 6974

75 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% Patients 65 Years and Older

60% 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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients.

36 of this provider’s 75 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients.

12 of this provider’s 75 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$644 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

66 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

$2.02M

2012

$2.31M

2013

$2.96M

2014

$3.16M

2015

Number of Claims

4,538

2012

4,804

2013

4,725

2014

4,915

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
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

168

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

19

patients, 25% of all patients

1 32
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

165

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 28% of all patients

2 253
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

136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 23% of all patients

3 82
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

127

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 27% of all patients

4 37
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 27% of all patients

5 299
SEROSTIM 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

13

patients, 17% of all patients

10 6 433
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 19% of all patients

7 1
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 17% of all patients

8 84
FENOFIBRIC ACID*

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

13

patients, 17% of all patients

9 243
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

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 10 34
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 11 182
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 12 293
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 15% of all patients

13 55
STRIBILD 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 14 407
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

11

patients, 15% of all patients

14 296
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 16 29
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 15% of all patients

17 14
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 17 151
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 19 177
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 20 190
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

13

patients, 17% of all patients

21 193
SELZENTRY 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 21 397
TESTOSTERONE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 10 21 638
TRIUMEQ 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 24 302
OXANDROLONE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 24 509
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 26 8
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 27 282
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 Dec. 30, 2014.
  • 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.