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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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11,781Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 661 out of 7015 providers in this state and specialty

$903K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 662 out of 7015 providers in this state and specialty

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

91% 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

22% of this provider’s 170 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 170 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

69 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

$1.06M

2014

$838K

2015

$903K

2016

Number of Claims

12,501

2014

10,898

2015

11,781

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.

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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
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 982

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

927

prescriptions.

118

patients, 69% of all patients

1 35
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 655

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

617

prescriptions.

77

patients, 45% of all patients

2 106
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 636

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

594

prescriptions.

92

patients, 54% of all patients

3 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 522

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

486

prescriptions.

68

patients, 40% of all patients

4 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 412

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

412

prescriptions.

54

patients, 32% of all patients

5 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 366

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

45

patients, 26% of all patients

6 2
LISINOPRIL 362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

45

patients, 26% of all patients

7 4
PROAIR HFA 354

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

46

patients, 27% of all patients

8 55
GABAPENTIN 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

36

patients, 21% of all patients

9 13
NAPROXEN 268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

36

patients, 21% of all patients

10 93
PATANOL 236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

29

patients, 17% of all patients

10 11 354
AZELASTINE HCL 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

25

patients, 15% of all patients

12 149
LOVAZA 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

23

patients, 14% of all patients

13 233
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

27

patients, 16% of all patients

14 27
SPIRIVA 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

36

patients, 21% of all patients

15 104
TAMSULOSIN HCL 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

24

patients, 14% of all patients

16 15
ANORO ELLIPTA 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

40

patients, 24% of all patients

17 341
CREON 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

26

patients, 15% of all patients

18 90
MELOXICAM 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

22

patients, 13% of all patients

19 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

18

patients, 11% of all patients

20 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

19

patients, 11% of all patients

21 6
ATENOLOL 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

17

patients, 10% of all patients

22 11
CELECOXIB 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

33

patients, 19% of all patients

23 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

32

patients, 19% of all patients

24 63
OMEPRAZOLE 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

33

patients, 19% of all patients

25 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

26 3
ALLOPURINOL 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

17

patients, 10% of all patients

27 30
VOLTAREN 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

17

patients, 10% of all patients

28 74
FINASTERIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

29 47
LANSOPRAZOLE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

20

patients, 12% of all patients

29 259
METFORMIN HCL 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

31 7
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

26

patients, 15% of all patients

32 79
RALOXIFENE HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

33 119
SIMVASTATIN 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

<11 34 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

35 75
FENOFIBRATE* 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

<11 36 115
LIDOCAINE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

37 77
CLOPIDOGREL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

38 21
PROCTOZONE-HC 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 38 204
VENTOLIN HFA 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 10% of all patients

40 65
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 41 64
AMITIZA 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

42 167
ZETIA 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 43 86
SYMBICORT 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

$ 44 109
JANUVIA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 45 40
EPINASTINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 46 563
DONEPEZIL HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 47 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

23

patients, 14% of all patients

48 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 9% of all patients

49 18
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 Jan. 2, 2013.
  • 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.