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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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6,722Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 219

$4.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 219

190 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55% Patients 65 Years and Older

37% 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

35% of this provider’s 190 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 44%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 104 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

26% of this provider’s 190 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$618 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $497 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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

$3.56M

2012

$3.15M

2013

$3.26M

2014

$4.15M

2015

Number of Claims

6,762

2012

6,437

2013

6,181

2014

6,722

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

356

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

48

patients, 25% of all patients

1 1
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

296

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

47

patients, 25% of all patients

2 6
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

294

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

39

patients, 21% of all patients

3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

283

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

47

patients, 25% of all patients

4 3
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

263

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

35

patients, 18% of all patients

5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

28

patients, 15% of all patients

O 6 8
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

40

patients, 21% of all patients

7 14
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

24

patients, 13% of all patients

8 31
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

38

patients, 20% of all patients

9 4
NEVIRAPINE 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 11% of all patients

10 10 90
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

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

11 21
TESTOSTERONE 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

29

patients, 15% of all patients

10 11 154
VIREAD 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

13 57
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

14 11
INTELENCE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

15 28
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

16 56
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

R 16 27
STRIBILD 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

16 33
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

19 68
DRONABINOL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 20 95
TIVICAY 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 21 22
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 22 218
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

23 34
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

24 15
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 P 25 126
REYATAZ 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 25 17
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

12

prescriptions.

<11 O 27 101
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

28 42
LAMIVUDINE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 28 71
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

28 12
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

28 13
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 28 124
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

33 75
DEPO-TESTOSTERONE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

10 34 236
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 34 45
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

36 29
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 Sept. 23, 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.