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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,354Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 324

$758K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 324

279 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
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 Hawaii
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 274 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

29% of this provider’s 279 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 279 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

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Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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

$811K

2012

$858K

2013

$863K

2014

$758K

2015

Number of Claims

9,735

2012

10,060

2013

9,796

2014

9,354

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
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

736

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

736

prescriptions.

79

patients, 28% of all patients

1 4
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

633

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

628

prescriptions.

76

patients, 27% of all patients

2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

335

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

330

prescriptions.

49

patients, 18% of all patients

3 1
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

262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

48

patients, 17% of all patients

4 8
FENOFIBRIC ACID*

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

5 118
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

241

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

6 18
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

240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

7 6
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

8 28
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

9 11
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

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

46

patients, 16% of all patients

9 43
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

11 9
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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

12 20
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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

55

patients, 20% of all patients

13 69
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

36

patients, 13% of all patients

14 65
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

15 53
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

16 30
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

17 125
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

18 42
KOMBIGLYZE XR 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

18 144
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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

18 19
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

21 12
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

55

patients, 20% of all patients

22 218
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

54

patients, 19% of all patients

23 66
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

24 2
TRIBENZOR 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

25 171
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

29

patients, 10% of all patients

26 244
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

27 79
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

28 163
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

28 71
FELODIPINE ER

Felodipine is used to treat... +

Felodipine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 30 36
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

31 31
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

32 59
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

33 5
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

<11 33 77
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

Treats diarrhea and decreases the amount of drainage in patients who have ostomies. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

37

patients, 13% of all patients

35 147
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 O 36 48
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 37 10
VIREAD 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 38 169
ONGLYZA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 39 136
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 39 64
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 41 80
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 42 7
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 43 33
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

44 294
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

45 51
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 46 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

46 37
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

48 142
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 49 98
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 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.
  • 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.