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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,220Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 315

$484K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 315

368 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

6% of this provider’s 368 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 6,449 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$67 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 315 300 1 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 298 271 2 4
LOVASTATIN 288 256 3 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 198 4 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 221 176 5 13
SIMVASTATIN 218 198 6 1
CRESTOR 211 197 7 24
ALLOPURINOL 198 187 8 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 192 165 9 6
LISINOPRIL 172 142 10 3
DIOVAN 163 163 11 27
OMEPRAZOLE 150 120 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 146 135 13 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 102 14 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 122 117 15 33
FENOFIBRATE 116 99 16 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 113 93 17 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 103 18 12
EVISTA 88 88 19 48
PLAVIX 83 78 20 40
FUROSEMIDE 81 65 21 15
NIASPAN 79 46 22 103
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 60 23 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 65 R 24 210
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 76 61 25 18
LOVAZA 75 75 26 64
AZITHROMYCIN 71 65 27 39
CLOPIDOGREL 70 68 28 25
AMOXICILLIN 67 58 29 65
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 65 29 67
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 55 31 137
FELODIPINE ER 58 49 32 23
SPIRIVA 57 54 33 74
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 52 34 55
NIFEDIAC CC 56 53 34 97
BENICAR 51 46 36 80
SYMBICORT 51 50 36 135
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.