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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,227Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 315

$987K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 315

747 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

4% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 747 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 15,977 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,156 987 1 1
LISINOPRIL 840 695 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 756 722 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 737 603 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 734 651 5 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 607 582 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 484 448 7 18
FUROSEMIDE 392 361 8 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 380 340 9 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 335 325 10 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 326 288 11 13
OMEPRAZOLE 312 280 12 9
FELODIPINE ER 288 285 13 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 277 248 14 17
LOVASTATIN 257 249 15 8
ALLOPURINOL 249 238 16 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 233 210 17 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 216 209 18 21
ATENOLOL 209 175 19 11
PREDNISONE 206 186 20 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 150 21 29
GLYBURIDE 199 172 R 22 49
CARVEDILOL 185 156 23 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 158 130 24 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 143 25 16
GABAPENTIN 140 124 26 37
MEGESTROL ACETATE 139 128 R 27 120
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 104 S3 28 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 128 29 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 124 114 30 58
AZITHROMYCIN 117 103 31 39
MECLIZINE HCL 116 110 32 81
RANITIDINE HCL 114 92 33 42
DIGOXIN 113 97 34 45
CLOPIDOGREL 111 104 35 25
PLAVIX 110 101 36 40
GLIPIZIDE 108 102 37 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 108 95 37 26
DIOVAN 107 107 39 27
ACTONEL 101 94 40 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 81 41 35
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 83 41 86
NAPROXEN 93 82 43 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 89 77 44 235
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 88 74 45 69
DIOVAN HCT 84 75 46 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 67 47 36
TRAMADOL HCL 80 72 48 59
CRESTOR 77 71 49 24
NEXIUM 72 69 50 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 68 67 51 72
LIPITOR 67 65 52 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 64 53 92
PEN NEEDLE 64 52 54 91
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 64 64 54 213
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 58 56 108
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 63 56 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 56 58 137
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 61 58 71
CLONIDINE HCL 61 55 60 117
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 44 61 62
JANUVIA 58 33 62 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 55 63 46
NIFEDIAC CC 56 53 64 97
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 56 24 64 158
EXFORGE 54 54 66 107
VENTOLIN HFA 53 45 67 173
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 33 R 68 168
FENTANYL 51 38 S2 68 160
CELEBREX 50 50 70 34
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.