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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,732Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1749 out of 7305

$2.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 7305

172 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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 107 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

25% of this provider’s 172 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

15% of this provider’s 107 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

12% of this provider’s 172 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far more than peers.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$495 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.46M

2012

$2.34M

2013

$2.37M

2014

$2.84M

2015

Number of Claims

6,884

2012

6,588

2013

6,448

2014

5,732

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

220

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

23

patients, 13% of all patients

1 150
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

205

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

31

patients, 18% of all patients

2 156
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

187

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

31

patients, 18% of all patients

3 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

23

patients, 13% of all patients

4 1
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 12% of all patients

5 197
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

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 12% of all patients

R 6 39
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

110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

7 7
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

8 272
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

9 20
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

10 115
NEVIRAPINE ER 98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 11 403
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

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

16

patients, 9% of all patients

12 304
EPZICOM 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 13 238
REYATAZ 92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

14 244
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

18

patients, 10% of all patients

15 4
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

16 330
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 17 327
VIREAD 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 18 319
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 19 202
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 20 17
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 21 2
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

21 210
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

23 32
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

24 34
PREZCOBIX 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 25 439
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

26 10
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

26 5
STRIBILD 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 28 369
ABACAVIR 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 28 467
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 30 21
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 31 54
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

31 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 33 124
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 34 47
TESTIM 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 10 34 671
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 34 23
INTELENCE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 34 333
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 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.