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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,556Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 581 out of 6974

$8.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 6974

195 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33% Patients 65 Years and Older

66% 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

46% of this provider’s 195 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

11 of this provider’s 65 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

32% of this provider’s 195 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$639 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

64 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

$5.48M

2012

$6.12M

2013

$7.03M

2014

$8.03M

2015

Number of Claims

10,950

2012

12,894

2013

12,564

2014

12,556

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
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

657

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

64

patients, 33% of all patients

10 1 180
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

602

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

65

patients, 33% of all patients

2 144
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

346

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

43

patients, 22% of all patients

3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

319

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

39

patients, 20% of all patients

4 1
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

31

patients, 16% of all patients

5 151
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

36

patients, 18% of all patients

6 29
INTELENCE 246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

7 307
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

231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

31

patients, 16% of all patients

8 253
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

28

patients, 14% of all patients

9 310
SEROSTIM 201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10 433
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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

11 2
TIVICAY 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

12 235
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

12 190
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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

14 16
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

A 15 136
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

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

27

patients, 14% of all patients

R 16 34
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

22

patients, 11% of all patients

17 182
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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 11% of all patients

18 55
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

19 76
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

20 6
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

21 26
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

42

patients, 22% of all patients

A 22 42
EPZICOM 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 9% of all patients

22 232
REYATAZ 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

24 254
COMPLERA 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

25 366
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

26 14
NEVIRAPINE ER 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

27 406
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 11% of all patients

27 282
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

25

patients, 13% of all patients

O 29 9
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

30 293
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

31 12
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

32 111
OXANDROLONE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

10 33 509
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

34 296
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

35 28
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

36 36
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

36 92
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 38 3
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

39 43
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

40 77
DEPO-TESTOSTERONE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

10 41 618
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 42 41
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 43 177
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 44 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 45 23
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

O 45 30
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 47 49
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 48 4
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 48 37
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 50 48
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

O 50 120
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 52 156
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 53 27
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

Treats diarrhea and decreases the amount of drainage in patients who have ostomies. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 53 250
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 55 87
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 56 287
LAMIVUDINE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 56 380
DRONABINOL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 56 479
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 59 89
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 60 11
TRIUMEQ 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 60 302
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 60 10
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 May 1, 2014.
  • 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.