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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,146Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 142 out of 315

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 94 out of 315

229 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 229 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,881 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 322 317 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 298 2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 232 3 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 237 231 4 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 207 204 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 155 153 6 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 120 118 7 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 115 108 8 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 81 9 50
LOVASTATIN 84 63 10 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 74 11 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 76 12 53
CARVEDILOL 78 78 12 22
METFORMIN HCL 74 70 14 7
NAMENDA 73 73 15 38
FENOFIBRATE 71 66 16 43
LIPITOR 70 70 17 44
LISINOPRIL 69 67 18 3
CLOPIDOGREL 69 67 18 25
AZITHROMYCIN 68 67 20 39
PREDNISONE 62 60 21 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 59 22 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 49 23 20
PLAVIX 55 55 24 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 55 24 35
SYNTHROID 54 44 26 51
FUROSEMIDE 53 53 27 15
ALLOPURINOL 53 53 27 14
JANUVIA 52 52 29 31
ONGLYZA 51 51 30 99
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 51 30 21
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 Oct. 20, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.