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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,312Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 324

$806K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 324

499 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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 Hawaii
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

25% of this provider’s 499 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 443 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 499 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$731K

2012

$744K

2013

$788K

2014

$806K

2015

Number of Claims

11,110

2012

11,982

2013

11,386

2014

10,312

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

477

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

443

prescriptions.

118

patients, 24% of all patients

1 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

442

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

130

patients, 26% of all patients

2 15
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

376

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

98

patients, 20% of all patients

3 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

346

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

79

patients, 16% of all patients

4 4
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

331

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

81

patients, 16% of all patients

5 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

295

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

94

patients, 19% of all patients

6 1
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

279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

58

patients, 12% of all patients

7 19
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

276

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

8 13
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

267

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

73

patients, 15% of all patients

9 12
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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

10 7
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

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

11 6
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

201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

12 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

O 13 21
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

14 11
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

15 22
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

16 8
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

17 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

18 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

19 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

20 9
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

21 33
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

22 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

23 60
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

24 46
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

25 16
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

26 24
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

27 54
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

28 14
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 50
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

28 26
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

31 31
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

32 92
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

O 34 48
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

58

patients, 12% of all patients

A 35 72
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

36 23
PRADAXA

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung) in patients who have been treated with an injectable anticoagulant (''blood thinner''). Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 37 159
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 R 38 228
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

39 37
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

40 43
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

40 107
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 42 119
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 O 42 84
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

44 29
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

A 45 143
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

45 62
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

R 47 86
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

48 100
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 O 49 39
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

50 102
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 51 74
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

51 51
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 Jan. 10, 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.