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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,372Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 315

$861K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 315

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in Hawaii
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,233 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$117 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Hawaii
CRESTOR 481 478 1 24
SIMVASTATIN 391 378 2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 335 327 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 287 287 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 266 265 5 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 242 235 6 6
LOVASTATIN 225 219 7 8
SYNTHROID 172 167 8 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 157 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 149 147 10 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 146 145 11 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142 142 12 4
EXFORGE 126 120 13 107
JANUVIA 125 125 14 31
ALLOPURINOL 115 111 15 14
TRILIPIX 114 114 16 124
METFORMIN HCL ER 110 106 17 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 103 96 18 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 19 28
NAMENDA 86 86 20 38
LIPITOR 84 83 21 44
JANUMET 82 78 22 83
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 77 77 23 13
AZITHROMYCIN 74 74 24 39
BYSTOLIC 72 72 25 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 26 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 27 35
DIOVAN 63 63 28 27
IRBESARTAN 60 60 29 66
LOVAZA 59 55 30 64
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 58 31 32
CELEBREX 57 57 32 34
EVISTA 56 56 33 48
LISINOPRIL 55 48 34 3
TRAZODONE HCL 53 42 35 93
DIOVAN HCT 51 51 36 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 51 36 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 50 38 36
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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.