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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,941Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 315

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 315

831 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%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

2% of this provider’s 831 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 831 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 25,045 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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

32 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 1,404 1,358 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,238 1,188 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,110 1,044 3 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,096 1,028 4 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 818 789 5 6
LISINOPRIL 818 771 5 3
ALLOPURINOL 737 673 7 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 636 600 8 95
OMEPRAZOLE 588 562 9 9
TORSEMIDE 541 513 10 10 132
ATENOLOL 520 477 11 11
METFORMIN HCL 496 434 12 7
CLOPIDOGREL 496 492 12 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 469 442 14 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 463 459 15 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 463 452 15 12
FINASTERIDE 441 436 17 60
RANITIDINE HCL 407 373 18 42
PLAVIX 394 385 19 40
PREDNISONE 336 315 20 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 327 327 21 55
METFORMIN HCL ER 324 292 22 33
DIGOXIN 307 281 23 45
MIRTAZAPINE 301 296 24 68
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 300 272 25 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 237 26 17
CARVEDILOL 245 229 27 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 235 214 28 20
TRAMADOL HCL 234 214 29 59
PROPRANOLOL HCL 232 193 30 129
JANUVIA 226 226 31 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 205 205 32 28
FUROSEMIDE 200 186 33 15
LOVASTATIN 172 162 34 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 166 35 35
NAMENDA 165 165 36 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 155 142 37 18
CELEBREX 152 133 38 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 138 123 39 26
CRESTOR 137 121 40 24
AZITHROMYCIN 133 123 41 39
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 132 125 42 158
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 130 114 43 141
GLIPIZIDE 127 123 44 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 126 45 36
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 123 117 46 149
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 122 96 47 132
LABETALOL HCL 120 112 48 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 110 49 46
JANUMET 117 117 50 83
FENOFIBRATE 116 102 51 43
PRADAXA 114 114 52 146
SINGULAIR 114 106 52 153
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 79 S3 54 19
DIOVAN 111 95 54 27
KETOCONAZOLE 110 104 56 193
VERAPAMIL ER 108 97 57 94
MELOXICAM 104 100 58 77
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 99 76 R 59 179
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 87 59 86
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 86 61 92
PAROXETINE HCL 94 94 62 142
TOPIRAMATE 92 58 63 268
BENAZEPRIL HCL 92 73 63 139
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 91 84 65 220
BUPROPION HCL SR 87 55 66 230
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 81 67 137
MUPIROCIN 83 79 68 110
CAPTOPRIL 83 83 68 226
COLESTIPOL HCL 82 73 70 278
FELODIPINE ER 79 79 71 23
PREMARIN 74 74 R 72 244
MECLIZINE HCL 74 74 72 81
SPIRIVA 72 69 74 74
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 69 69 75 119
EVISTA 68 68 76 48
KOMBIGLYZE XR 68 59 76 172
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 62 78 69
NAPROXEN 66 65 79 88
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 64 79 106
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 63 63 81 301
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 82 136
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 61 83 90
VICTOZA 3-PAK 61 32 83 305
CHLORTHALIDONE 60 53 85 154
COLCRYS 60 32 85 85
DOXEPIN HCL 59 47 87 313
PROAIR HFA 59 58 87 52
PROBENECID-COLCHICINE 59 50 87 199
ULORIC 58 58 90 182
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 42 91 72
NITROSTAT 56 50 92 259
SERTRALINE HCL 56 56 92 100
BUMETANIDE 56 56 92 190
GLIPIZIDE XL 54 54 95 122
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 96 16
ESTRADIOL 52 38 R 97 326
SYNTHROID 52 52 97 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 34 99 180
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.