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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,184Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 1782

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 1782

494 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% 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 358 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

19% of this provider’s 494 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 358 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

3% of this provider’s 494 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$219 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $85 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$532K

2012

$794K

2013

$1.2M

2014

$1.36M

2015

Number of Claims

2,875

2012

4,646

2013

6,380

2014

6,184

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
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

558

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

177

patients, 36% of all patients

1 53
FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE* 422

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

141

patients, 29% of all patients

10 2 185
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 386

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

114

patients, 23% of all patients

10 3 204
METHOTREXATE

Treats several kinds of can... +

Treats several kinds of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone, lung, breast, head, or neck. Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

4 106
CICLOPIROX*

Treats skin infections caus... +

Treats skin infections caused by fungus, such as ringworm, athlete's foot, or dandruff. Source: National Library of Medicine

263

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

86

patients, 17% of all patients

5 224
DESOXIMETASONE 246

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

6 197
CALCIPOTRIENE 186

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

10 7 298
DESONIDE

Relieves the itching, dryne... +

Relieves the itching, dryness, redness, and swelling caused by skin problems such as atopic dermatitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

8 225
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

55

patients, 11% of all patients

9 80
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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

10 47
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

11 176
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

12 172
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE

The combination of nystatin... +

The combination of nystatin and triamcinolone is used to treat fungal skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

13 353
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

14 188
KENALOG 99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

10 15 368
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

Treats dry, scaly skin conditions called xerosis and ichthyosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

16 200
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

17 374
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

R 17 246
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

19 107
MOMETASONE FUROATE

Mometasone is used to relie... +

Mometasone is used to relieve the itching and inflammation of numerous skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

20 234
ECONAZOLE NITRATE

Econazole is used to treat ... +

Econazole is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

21 251
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

A 21 316
ALCLOMETASONE DIPROPIONATE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

23 383
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

24 339
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 A 25 85
FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE* 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

26 414
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

Topical clindamycin is used... +

Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

A 27 264
GENTAMICIN SULFATE

Ophthalmic gentamicin is us... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

A 28 289
HALOG 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

10 29 436
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

R 30 441
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

R 30 305
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

A 32 62
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 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.