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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,677Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 14

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 14

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

6% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,757 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$91 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 681 622 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 533 485 2 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 408 390 3 7
DIOVAN 364 363 4 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 338 320 5 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 297 271 6 34
NAMENDA 274 264 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 270 267 8 2
ALLOPURINOL 232 227 9 22
OMEPRAZOLE 226 199 10 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 220 199 11 19
FUROSEMIDE 205 201 12 6
LISINOPRIL 203 200 13 1
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 203 171 13 25
EXELON 201 201 15 40
SERTRALINE HCL 181 170 16 57
DIGOXIN 175 175 17 30
NIFEDIPINE ER 174 167 18 82
LOVASTATIN 165 154 19 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 150 20 18
METFORMIN HCL 148 123 21 11
GABAPENTIN 147 131 22 16
SEROQUEL 137 109 23 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 111 24 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128 126 24 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 127 26 12
CRESTOR 122 122 27 37
RANITIDINE HCL 121 120 28 32
MIRTAZAPINE 115 102 29 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 105 30 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 104 31 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 101 88 32 39
TRAZODONE HCL 99 95 33 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 68 S3 34 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 91 34 42
CLOPIDOGREL 94 89 36 33
NIFEDIAC CC 93 93 37 113
EXFORGE 86 86 38 54
FENOFIBRATE 84 68 39 74
PEN NEEDLE 83 78 40 62
CELEBREX 82 82 41 60
AZITHROMYCIN 81 74 42 68
PLAVIX 78 78 43 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 77 44 29
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 60 45 63
BENICAR 74 57 46 91
LIPITOR 71 70 47 64
OXYCODONE HCL 69 39 S2 48 55
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 64 49 64
ACTONEL 67 67 50 77
IRBESARTAN 66 65 51 138
RISPERIDONE 66 54 51 46
LEXAPRO 65 58 53 72
NEXIUM 63 63 54 83
FELODIPINE ER 63 63 54 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 57 56 61
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 61 56 56
LANTUS 59 58 58 51
SYNTHROID 59 59 58 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 53 60 41
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 44 61 156
JANUVIA 54 50 62 44
ATENOLOL 54 51 62 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 52 64 24
CARVEDILOL 51 51 65 31
ZETIA 51 36 65 94
EVISTA 50 50 67 86
LOVAZA 50 49 67 89
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 16, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.