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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,759Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 1461

$2.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 1461

679 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

83% 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

0% of this provider’s 513 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

35% of this provider’s 679 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 513 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 679 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$143 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $216 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$1.99M

2012

$1.64M

2013

$1.67M

2014

$2.25M

2015

Number of Claims

15,075

2012

15,848

2013

16,822

2014

15,759

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
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

662

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

547

prescriptions.

117

patients, 17% of all patients

1 11
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

612

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

325

prescriptions.

97

patients, 14% of all patients

2 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

610

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

462

prescriptions.

114

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

587

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

108

patients, 16% of all patients

4 1
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

579

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

125

patients, 18% of all patients

10 5 151
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

501

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

421

prescriptions.

109

patients, 16% of all patients

6 9
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

487

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

91

patients, 13% of all patients

7 119
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

469

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

100

patients, 15% of all patients

8 4
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

338

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

9 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

317

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

10 69
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

299

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

11 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

12 6
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

88

patients, 13% of all patients

13 306
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

14 17
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

15 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

16 18
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

17 32
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

142

patients, 21% of all patients

A 18 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

19 14
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

20 38
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

21 49
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

22 16
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

23 13
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

82

patients, 12% of all patients

24 174
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

25 56
GENTAMICIN SULFATE

Ophthalmic gentamicin is us... +

Ophthalmic gentamicin is used to treat certain eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

A 26 377
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

27 52
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

28 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

29 12
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

100

patients, 15% of all patients

A 30 83
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

31 68
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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

R 32 36
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

33 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

34 22
NIFEDICAL XL

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

35 255
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

36 356
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

37 8
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

O 37 26
MINOXIDIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure that has not been controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

39 324
AURYXIA 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

10 40 460
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

40 112
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

42 199
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

O 42 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

44 58
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

45 220
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

46 70
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 46
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 25
NATEGLINIDE

Used to treat type 2 diabet... +

Used to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

49 256
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

50 30
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

51 152
TAMIFLU

Used in the treatment of th... +

Used in the treatment of the infection caused by the flu virus (influenza A and influenza B). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

51 439
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

53 93
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

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

55 216
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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

55 86
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

55 210
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE

Treats diarrhea. +

Treats diarrhea. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

58 407
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 226
MEGESTROL ACETATE

Megestrol tablets treat bre... +

Megestrol tablets treat breast and uterine cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

R 59 330
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

61 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

61 127
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

63 85
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

63 299
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 65 53
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

65 77
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

67 15
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

68 140
RENAGEL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

69 450
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 July 9, 2007.
  • 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.