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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,404Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 324

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 324

367 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

81% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Hawaii
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

40% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 348 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$658K

2012

$694K

2013

$816K

2014

$636K

2015

Number of Claims

10,636

2012

11,776

2013

12,462

2014

10,404

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

510

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

505

prescriptions.

71

patients, 19% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

494

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

489

prescriptions.

67

patients, 18% of all patients

2 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

493

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

66

patients, 18% of all patients

3 9
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

444

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

439

prescriptions.

67

patients, 18% of all patients

4 4
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

398

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

51

patients, 14% of all patients

5 7
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

75

patients, 20% of all patients

6 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

44

patients, 12% of all patients

7 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

8 19
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

135

patients, 37% of all patients

9 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

35

patients, 10% of all patients

10 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

11 6
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

12 81
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

13 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

14 23
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

15 45
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

16 5
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

17 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

18 10
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

19 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

20 15
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

21 16
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

22 103
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

36

patients, 10% of all patients

O 23 48
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

24 32
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

48

patients, 13% of all patients

25 51
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

26 12
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

27 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

28 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

29 37
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

30 77
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 47
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

65

patients, 18% of all patients

A 31 72
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

<11 33 28
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

34 42
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 35 70
RAPAFLO

Treats problems caused by a... +

Treats problems caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 36 220
FELODIPINE ER

Felodipine is used to treat... +

Felodipine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 37 36
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

37 43
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

39 107
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 40 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 41 35
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

42 22
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 42 56
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 44 54
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 45 65
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 46 44
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

47 25
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

48 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 48 63
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 48 11
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 March 7, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.