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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,723Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 115 out of 315

$381K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 116 out of 315

316 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

3% of this provider’s 316 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 316 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,161 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% 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

18 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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 346 321 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 313 294 2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 215 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 199 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 208 194 5 1
LOVASTATIN 173 157 6 8
LISINOPRIL 168 114 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 140 133 8 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 134 9 17
ALLOPURINOL 122 104 10 14
ATENOLOL 120 108 11 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 119 12 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 13 28
OMEPRAZOLE 92 79 14 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 89 15 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 81 16 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 83 17 26
CLOPIDOGREL 78 67 18 25
AZITHROMYCIN 74 67 19 39
NAMENDA 72 72 20 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 64 54 21 32
FUROSEMIDE 56 51 22 15
PLAVIX 56 51 22 40
ACTONEL 55 55 24 47
OXYCODONE HCL 55 0 S2 24 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 38 26 35
BENICAR 51 51 27 80
DIOVAN 50 50 28 27
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 Nov. 16, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.