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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,748Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 315

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 95 out of 315

514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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

8% of this provider’s 514 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,351 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 352 340 1 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 348 333 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 339 332 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 326 324 4 1
LOVASTATIN 282 260 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 249 245 6 7
LISINOPRIL 230 205 7 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 174 174 8 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 162 9 16
GLYBURIDE 153 150 R 10 49
NIFEDIAC CC 148 134 11 97
OMEPRAZOLE 146 137 12 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 133 128 S3 13 19
AZITHROMYCIN 130 120 14 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 110 15 17
ATENOLOL 108 102 16 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 103 17 21
ACTONEL 95 95 18 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 91 19 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 80 20 10
CARVEDILOL 82 82 21 22
FUROSEMIDE 80 80 22 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 79 23 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 73 23 12
SYNTHROID 78 66 25 51
RANITIDINE HCL 75 64 26 42
NIFEDIPINE ER 74 74 27 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 73 28 13
TERAZOSIN HCL 72 72 29 63
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 65 30 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 67 31 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 55 31 18
ALLOPURINOL 67 67 31 14
DIGOXIN 61 55 34 45
GEMFIBROZIL 60 60 35 70
TRAMADOL HCL 59 52 36 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 56 37 36
CLOPIDOGREL 52 44 38 25
GABAPENTIN 50 40 39 37
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 Dec. 19, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.