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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,021Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 315

$432K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 315

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

4% of this provider’s 271 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 6,440 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 605 563 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 319 309 2 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 272 234 3 4
ALLOPURINOL 238 213 4 14
LISINOPRIL 233 218 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 174 6 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 208 204 7 12
FUROSEMIDE 174 170 8 15
METFORMIN HCL 159 140 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 128 10 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 148 11 17
OMEPRAZOLE 142 142 12 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 111 13 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136 124 14 10
FENOFIBRATE 135 113 15 43
METFORMIN HCL ER 118 90 16 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 110 103 17 32
ATENOLOL 109 103 18 11
FELODIPINE ER 103 92 19 23
CARVEDILOL 102 102 20 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 95 21 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 74 22 50
VITAMIN D2 85 85 23 134
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 71 24 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 25 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 25 35
DIGOXIN 60 60 27 45
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 54 28 116
WARFARIN SODIUM 56 54 29 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 55 30 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 54 31 95
PEN NEEDLE 54 53 31 91
LABETALOL HCL 53 53 33 125
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.