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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,024Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 511

$640K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 511

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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 310 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

71% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 32%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

21% of this provider’s 310 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$341K

2012

$366K

2013

$413K

2014

$640K

2015

Number of Claims

9,549

2012

10,279

2013

10,965

2014

12,024

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
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

824

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

824

prescriptions.

107

patients, 33% of all patients

1 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

726

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

709

prescriptions.

98

patients, 30% of all patients

2 18
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

619

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

585

prescriptions.

88

patients, 27% of all patients

3 2
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

608

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

574

prescriptions.

89

patients, 27% of all patients

4 1
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

453

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

58

patients, 18% of all patients

5 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

381

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

62

patients, 19% of all patients

6 5
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

325

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

51

patients, 16% of all patients

7 13
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

318

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

8 35
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

9 21
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

270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

82

patients, 25% of all patients

10 4
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

234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

90

patients, 27% of all patients

11 37
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE

Treats diarrhea. +

Treats diarrhea. Source: National Library of Medicine

199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

104

patients, 32% of all patients

10 12 159
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

13 42
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

109

patients, 33% of all patients

A 14 66
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

15 87
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

16 105
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

46

patients, 14% of all patients

17 59
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE

Ophthalmic prednisolone red... +

Ophthalmic prednisolone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

41

patients, 12% of all patients

18 282
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

19 130
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

20 3
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

21 103
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

71

patients, 22% of all patients

A 22 183
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

79

patients, 24% of all patients

A 23 97
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

75

patients, 23% of all patients

A 24 43
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

25 29
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

26 85
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

58

patients, 18% of all patients

27 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

28 16
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

54

patients, 16% of all patients

28 15
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

43

patients, 13% of all patients

30 46
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

31 10
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

32 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

33 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

34 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

35 7
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

36 17
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

O 37 19
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 R 38 169
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH

Dexamethasone reduces the i... +

Dexamethasone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

38 213
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

38 31
TAMIFLU

Used in the treatment of th... +

Used in the treatment of the infection caused by the flu virus (influenza A and influenza B). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

56

patients, 17% of all patients

41 394
ZAFIRLUKAST 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 42 326
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

43 61
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

44 47
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

44 22
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

46 28
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 47 6
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 48 53
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

49 75
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

49 32
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

51 146
COLCRYS

Used to prevent gout attack... +

Used to prevent gout attacks (sudden, severe pain in one or more joints caused by abnormally high levels of a substance called uric acid in the blood) in adults, and to relieve the pain of gout attacks when they occur. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

51 165
CELEBREX

Treats pain, including pain... +

Treats pain, including pain caused by arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) in children and adults, ankylosing spondylitis, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

53 191
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

A 54 77
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

55 49
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

56 140
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 56 62
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

58 96
PIROXICAM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

59 243
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

60 324
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

60 25
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 Sept. 9, 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.