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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,056Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1099 out of 6974

$2.97M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 6974

715 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

65% 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

21% of this provider’s 715 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 684 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 715 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$328 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$2.04M

2012

$2.71M

2013

$2.7M

2014

$2.97M

2015

Number of Claims

12,317

2012

11,777

2013

9,833

2014

9,056

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
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

403

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

111

patients, 16% of all patients

1 25
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

360

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

96

patients, 13% of all patients

2 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

355

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

339

prescriptions.

98

patients, 14% of all patients

3 4
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

331

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

89

patients, 12% of all patients

4 7
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

284

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

87

patients, 12% of all patients

5 15
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

250

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

6 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

7 1
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

199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

76

patients, 11% of all patients

8 6
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

9 46
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

63

patients, 9% of all patients

10 11
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

11 10
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

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

93

patients, 13% of all patients

11 51
ANASTROZOLE

Treats certain types of bre... +

Treats certain types of breast cancer in women who have stopped menstruating (postmenopausal). Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

13 231
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

14 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

15 23
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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

16 31
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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 3
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

18 54
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

19 5
ACARBOSE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

20 222
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

O 20 9
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

22 16
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

23 18
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

24 32
TARCEVA 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

25 540
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

26 52
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

27 127
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

28 12
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

29 40
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

30 14
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE

Prochlorperazine suppositor... +

Prochlorperazine suppositories and tablets are used to control severe nausea and vomiting. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

31 365
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

31 20
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

33 53
DEXAMETHASONE

Treats inflammation and man... +

Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

34 403
HYDROXYUREA

Treats certain types of can... +

Treats certain types of cancer, including leukemia, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, and head and neck cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

35 475
TAMOXIFEN CITRATE

Tamoxifen is used to treat ... +

Tamoxifen is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in men and women. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 487
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

37 183
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

38 100
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

39 26
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

39 35
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, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

41 13
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

41 55
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

43 21
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

44 87
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

45 68
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 20, 2011.
  • 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.