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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,791Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 294 out of 7015 providers in this state and specialty

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 354 out of 7015 providers in this state and specialty

505 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
78% 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

47% of this provider’s 505 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 505 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

$1.15M

2014

$1.22M

2015

$1.27M

2016

Number of Claims

14,678

2014

16,080

2015

16,791

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.

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This provider received at least one payment from a pharmaceutical company related to this drug in 2016. More » This flag only appears for the top 50 most prescribed brand-name drugs in Medicare that year.

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,719

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

1,700

prescriptions.

264

patients, 52% of all patients

1 1
CLOPIDOGREL 886

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

860

prescriptions.

120

patients, 24% of all patients

2 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 884

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

879

prescriptions.

142

patients, 28% of all patients

3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 860

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

855

prescriptions.

129

patients, 26% of all patients

4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 669

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

650

prescriptions.

152

patients, 30% of all patients

5 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 663

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

658

prescriptions.

106

patients, 21% of all patients

6 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 618

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

618

prescriptions.

96

patients, 19% of all patients

7 16
MELOXICAM 511

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

506

prescriptions.

132

patients, 26% of all patients

8 38
METFORMIN HCL 502

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

9 7
SIMVASTATIN 496

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

496

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

10 5
CREON 460

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

460

prescriptions.

115

patients, 23% of all patients

11 90
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

12 46
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

88

patients, 17% of all patients

12 79
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

14 178
JANUVIA 258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

$ 15 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 255

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

16 3
LOVAZA 243

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

10 17 233
ATENOLOL 226

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

18 11
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

19 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

20 17
FINASTERIDE 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

21 47
VOLTAREN 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

22 74
LEVOFLOXACIN 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

120

patients, 24% of all patients

A 23 88
VALSARTAN 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

24 37
CELECOXIB 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

25 67
VASCEPA 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

26 108
AZITHROMYCIN 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

108

patients, 21% of all patients

A 26 43
DUTASTERIDE 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

26 156
CIALIS 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

29 356
DONEPEZIL HCL 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

30 31
BACLOFEN 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

31 62
GABAPENTIN 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

32 13
GLIPIZIDE XL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

33 272
GLIPIZIDE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

34 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

35 32
NEXIUM 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

36 60
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

37 35
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

38 276
BENICAR 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

39 94
GEMFIBROZIL 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

40 131
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 27
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 42 78
LANSOPRAZOLE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 259
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

43 130
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

43 41
CICLOPIROX* 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

46 411
LISINOPRIL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 4
RALOXIFENE HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 48 119
LOVASTATIN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 49 26
LYRICA 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

$ 50 89
LIDOCAINE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 77
INVOKANA 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

$ 52 129
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

A 53 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 54 105
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

54 106
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

56 147
DEXILANT 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

$ 56 76
FLECTOR 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

58 279
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 26, 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.