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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,147Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 50 providers in this state and specialty

$339K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 141 out of 50 providers in this state and specialty

338 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42% Patients 65 Years and Older

97% 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

16% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

66% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $123 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$377K

2014

$391K

2015

$339K

2016

Number of Claims

7,834

2014

8,516

2015

8,147

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.

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,240

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

203

patients, 60% of all patients

O 1 1
CARISOPRODOL 358

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

70

patients, 21% of all patients

2 53
IBUPROFEN 251

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

52

patients, 15% of all patients

3 16
OMEPRAZOLE 241

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

4 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

51

patients, 15% of all patients

5 11
GABAPENTIN 221

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

48

patients, 14% of all patients

7 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

40

patients, 12% of all patients

8 37
DIAZEPAM 194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

42

patients, 12% of all patients

9 74
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

10 68
BACLOFEN 140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

11 30
METFORMIN HCL 138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

12 4
LISINOPRIL 135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

13 3
SIMVASTATIN 130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

14 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

15 10
PROMETHAZINE HCL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

43

patients, 13% of all patients

16 300
GLIPIZIDE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

17 38
FUROSEMIDE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

18 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

19 18
VENTOLIN HFA 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

20 49
TRAZODONE HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

21 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

22 36
CLONAZEPAM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

23 65
PROAIR HFA 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

24 57
LYRICA 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

25 46
CLONIDINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

26 96
FAMOTIDINE* 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 26 73
PREDNISONE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

28 71
METHADONE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

O 29 35
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

30 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 30 19
MELOXICAM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

32 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

33 2
ATENOLOL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

33 24
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 35 137
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

35 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 37 127
CLOPIDOGREL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

38 27
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 July 8, 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.