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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,871Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 22 providers in this state and specialty

$758K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 22 providers in this state and specialty

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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

2% of this provider’s 627 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Antibiotics

32% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$647K

2014

$684K

2015

$758K

2016

Number of Claims

13,297

2014

12,484

2015

10,871

2016

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.

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

90

patients, 13% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL 370

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

100

patients, 14% of all patients

2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

99

patients, 14% of all patients

3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 356

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

O 4 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 331

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

91

patients, 13% of all patients

5 1
MELOXICAM 290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

111

patients, 16% of all patients

6 48
OMEPRAZOLE 288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

7 6
SIMVASTATIN 279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

70

patients, 10% of all patients

8 7
METFORMIN HCL 278

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

73

patients, 10% of all patients

9 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

10 13
FUROSEMIDE 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

12 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

13 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

14 42
LOVASTATIN 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

15 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

16 14
AZITHROMYCIN 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

107

patients, 15% of all patients

A 17 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

18 15
ATENOLOL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

19 18
ALPRAZOLAM 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

21 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

22 30
LORAZEPAM 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

23 25
GLIPIZIDE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

24 29
GABAPENTIN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

25 12
TRAMADOL HCL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

O 26 32
CARVEDILOL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

27 21
ALLOPURINOL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

28 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

A 29 119
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 20
FAMOTIDINE* 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

30 17
CLOPIDOGREL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

32 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

33 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

34 34
IBUPROFEN 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

35 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 69
FINASTERIDE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

38 22
FLUOXETINE HCL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 51
PROAIR HFA 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

40 84
MIRTAZAPINE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 41 23
ZETIA 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 42 100
METFORMIN HCL ER 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

43 118
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

44 126
SERTRALINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

44 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

46 31
CLONAZEPAM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 47 71
GLIPIZIDE ER 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

47 175
PREDNISONE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

49 58
TRAZODONE HCL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

50 26
JANUVIA 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 51 47
LABETALOL HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 192
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

53 276
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

55 66
TEMAZEPAM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

56 76
NOVOLIN N 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

56 137
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

56 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

56 99
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 March 12, 2012.
  • 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.