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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,492Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 219

$5.67M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 219

207 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35% Patients 65 Years and Older

58% 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

34% of this provider’s 207 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 44%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

14 of this provider’s 73 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

29% of this provider’s 207 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$540 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $497 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$4.31M

2012

$4.37M

2013

$4.96M

2014

$5.67M

2015

Number of Claims

10,265

2012

10,628

2013

10,678

2014

10,492

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

444

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

55

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

409

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

50

patients, 24% of all patients

2 14
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

335

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

38

patients, 18% of all patients

3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

42

patients, 20% of all patients

4 3
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

34

patients, 16% of all patients

5 6
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

28

patients, 14% of all patients

6 7
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

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

30

patients, 14% of all patients

7 43
EPZICOM 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

27

patients, 13% of all patients

8 16
NEVIRAPINE ER 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

10 9 65
STRIBILD 166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

10 33
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

11 4
TIVICAY 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

12 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

34

patients, 16% of all patients

O 13 8
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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

35

patients, 17% of all patients

14 54
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

A 15 35
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

16 31
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

17 68
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

18 48
COMPLERA 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

19 61
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

R 20 27
TRIUMEQ 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

21 23
INTELENCE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

22 28
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

23 21
REYATAZ 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

24 17
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 9% of all patients

25 9
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

26 56
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

27 66
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

28 131
SELZENTRY 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 29 64
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

29 44
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

31 45
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

32 5
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 33 24
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

34 70
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

35 75
VIREAD 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 36 57
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

37 99
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 37 20
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 37 37
FAMCICLOVIR 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 40 209
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

41 83
EDURANT 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 42 111
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 43 106
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 O 44 101
SEROSTIM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 45 153
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

45 11
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 45 92
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 48 85
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 48 13
TESTOSTERONE ENANTHATE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

10 50 230
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

Treats diarrhea and decreases the amount of drainage in patients who have ostomies. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

51 176
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 52 117
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 P 52 126
CIALIS

Treats men who have erecti... +

Treats men who have erectile dysfunction (also called sexual impotence). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 52 238
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

55 25
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 9, 2008.
  • 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.