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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,634Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 7015 providers in this state and specialty

$1.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 242 out of 7015 providers in this state and specialty

567 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% 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

4% of this provider’s 546 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

76% of this provider’s 567 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 567 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.75M

2014

$1.68M

2015

$1.61M

2016

Number of Claims

24,684

2014

24,260

2015

22,634

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.

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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.

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This provider received at least one payment from a pharmaceutical company related to this drug in 2016. More » This flag only appears for the top 50 most prescribed brand-name drugs in Medicare that year.

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,054

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,037

prescriptions.

152

patients, 27% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 852

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

840

prescriptions.

136

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 706

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

701

prescriptions.

202

patients, 36% of all patients

A 10 3 338
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 678

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

673

prescriptions.

100

patients, 18% of all patients

4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 513

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

493

prescriptions.

104

patients, 18% of all patients

5 8
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 489

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

489

prescriptions.

88

patients, 16% of all patients

6 79
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 482

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

477

prescriptions.

73

patients, 13% of all patients

7 130
METFORMIN HCL 441

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

441

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

8 7
VALSARTAN 438

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

433

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

9 37
MELOXICAM 432

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

427

prescriptions.

107

patients, 19% of all patients

10 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 431

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

426

prescriptions.

75

patients, 13% of all patients

11 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 427

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

427

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

12 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 419

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

414

prescriptions.

144

patients, 25% of all patients

13 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 389

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

62

patients, 11% of all patients

14 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 387

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

15 17
CLOPIDOGREL 380

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

62

patients, 11% of all patients

16 21
CRESTOR 361

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

361

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

$ 17 51
AZITHROMYCIN 344

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

339

prescriptions.

149

patients, 26% of all patients

A 18 43
CELECOXIB 341

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

87

patients, 15% of all patients

19 67
LIDOCAINE 333

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

104

patients, 18% of all patients

20 77
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 294

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

65

patients, 11% of all patients

21 35
NEXIUM 280

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

22 60
ALLOPURINOL 241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

23 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

24 46
GABAPENTIN 238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

24 13
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 231

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

87

patients, 15% of all patients

26 522
ATENOLOL 224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

27 11
VOLTAREN 207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

74

patients, 13% of all patients

28 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

72

patients, 13% of all patients

28 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

30 18
LOVAZA 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

10 30 233
DEXILANT 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

32 76
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

33 3
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

34 75
LISINOPRIL 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

35 4
JANUVIA 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

36 40
AMOXICILLIN 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

A 37 117
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

38 78
NIFEDIPINE ER 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

39 97
FLUOCINONIDE 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

40 128
DONEPEZIL HCL 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

41 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

94

patients, 17% of all patients

A 42 88
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

43 23
FUROSEMIDE 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

44 10
PAZEO 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

55

patients, 10% of all patients

45 306
RESTASIS 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

46 192
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

47 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

83

patients, 15% of all patients

A 48 80
PREDNISONE 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

49 49
EPIPEN 2-PAK 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

92

patients, 16% of all patients

10 50 506
PATADAY 105

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

51 159
CREON 101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

52 90
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 99

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

78

patients, 14% of all patients

53 480
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

54 160
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 92

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

55 100
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

56 106
SIMVASTATIN 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

57 5
ATELVIA 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 432
NAPROXEN 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

59 93
JANUMET 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

60 127
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 61 144
CEFTRIAXONE* 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

A 62 442
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

62 340
FLECTOR 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

64 279
IBUPROFEN 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

65 42
MECLIZINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

65 98
CEPHALEXIN 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

A 67 110
LORAZEPAM 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

68 25
RAPAFLO 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

69 292
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

O 69 9
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 71 64
CARVEDILOL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 72 20
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

72 217
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

74 393
PATANOL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

74 354
RANITIDINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

76 52
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

77 240
CLOTRIMAZOLE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

77 268
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

79 232
PRED MILD 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

10 79 729
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 81 32
FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE* 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

82 636
SODIUM CHLORIDE* 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

82 310
LIDODERM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

84 442
ADVAIR DISKUS 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

84 63
VIGAMOX 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

86 604
INVOKANA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 86 129
PLAVIX 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 88 549
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

89 165
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

89 183
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

91 359
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 92 234
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 93 14
LYRICA 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

$ 93 89
FENOFIBRATE* 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 93 145
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 Nov. 15, 2010.
  • 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.