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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,139Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 315

$1.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 315

751 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

2% of this provider’s 751 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 751 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 20,345 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,349 1,194 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 998 946 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 892 770 3 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 719 704 4 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 651 612 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 628 528 6 6
LISINOPRIL 508 422 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 440 377 8 7
CLOPIDOGREL 381 362 9 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 371 321 10 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 371 351 10 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 357 335 12 5
FENOFIBRATE 345 305 13 43
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 334 306 14 17
PLAVIX 316 298 15 40
EVISTA 314 299 16 48
LOVASTATIN 312 279 17 8
SPIRIVA 300 278 18 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 297 239 19 10
ALLOPURINOL 284 223 20 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 277 244 21 13
PREDNISONE 277 243 21 41
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 255 210 23 62
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237 197 24 18
CARVEDILOL 237 228 24 22
AMOXICILLIN 232 201 26 65
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 228 213 27 36
LIDODERM 223 201 28 76
NIFEDIAC CC 219 202 10 29 97
CELEBREX 216 213 30 34
FINASTERIDE 215 212 31 60
DIOVAN 214 214 32 27
NAPROXEN 211 161 33 88
ACTONEL 206 200 34 47
ATENOLOL 202 179 35 11
CRESTOR 192 179 36 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 174 37 20
TRICOR 188 160 38 130
LOVAZA 186 143 39 64
DIOVAN HCT 184 172 40 56
NIFEDIPINE ER 182 152 41 67
AZITHROMYCIN 181 151 42 39
FUROSEMIDE 180 157 43 15
NEXIUM 170 149 44 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 154 147 45 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 151 141 46 29
RANITIDINE HCL 150 123 47 42
METFORMIN HCL ER 147 133 48 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 116 48 53
GEMFIBROZIL 147 105 48 70
MECLIZINE HCL 140 128 51 81
GABAPENTIN 139 109 52 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 136 94 S3 53 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 128 115 54 26
DIGOXIN 127 123 55 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 96 56 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 118 115 57 206
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 117 117 58 110
ATELVIA 110 110 59 102
ENABLEX 91 71 60 220
GLYBURIDE 89 83 R 61 49
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 88 75 62 82
TRAMADOL HCL 87 70 63 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 68 64 58
MISOPROSTOL 84 68 64 277
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 81 64 35
TERAZOSIN HCL 83 71 67 63
ACTOS 77 69 68 78
PROAIR HFA 77 39 68 52
FELODIPINE ER 75 75 70 23
JANUVIA 75 38 70 31
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 72 R 72 120
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 73 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 64 74 50
VIREAD 67 47 75 232
RIVASTIGMINE 64 64 76 252
COMBIVENT 62 52 77 169
DESOXIMETASONE 61 55 78 305
DILTIAZEM ER 60 60 79 151
LIPITOR 58 58 80 44
HYDROXYZINE HCL 57 36 R 81 105
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 43 R 82 87
BENICAR HCT 55 42 82 126
SERTRALINE HCL 55 52 82 100
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 48 82 106
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 86 92
VESICARE 53 35 86 150
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 52 49 88 223
LYRICA 52 50 88 126
IBUPROFEN 51 28 90 89
ACARBOSE 51 31 90 202
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. 9, 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.