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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,182Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 315

$730K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 315

466 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,810 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 668 646 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 466 462 2 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 346 345 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 336 315 4 1
LISINOPRIL 304 284 5 3
LOVASTATIN 284 279 6 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 280 278 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 259 224 8 7
JANUVIA 257 242 9 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 227 208 10 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 217 214 11 10
OMEPRAZOLE 200 187 12 9
FAMOTIDINE 193 189 13 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 175 175 14 12
CRESTOR 161 159 15 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 149 148 16 32
LIPITOR 149 149 16 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 135 18 17
RAMIPRIL 130 128 19 104
ALLOPURINOL 121 104 20 14
DIOVAN 96 96 21 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 93 22 21
TERAZOSIN HCL 89 77 23 63
SYNTHROID 89 89 23 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 76 58 25 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 61 25 86
CLOPIDOGREL 75 75 27 25
CARVEDILOL 72 71 28 22
ACTOS 65 62 29 78
ONGLYZA 62 54 30 99
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 31 116
DIOVAN HCT 60 58 32 56
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 60 57 32 82
ACTONEL 59 59 34 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 53 34 95
FELODIPINE ER 56 56 36 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 54 37 26
SINGULAIR 52 50 38 153
FENOFIBRATE 51 29 39 43
PLAVIX 50 50 40 40
EVISTA 50 48 40 48
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.