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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,597Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 160 out of 315

$260K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 187 out of 315

621 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

6% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 621 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 3,681 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 378 243 S3 1 19
LISINOPRIL 180 156 2 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 160 3 16
SIMVASTATIN 170 153 4 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137 123 5 4
ATENOLOL 126 120 6 11
LEVOTHROID 114 105 7 61
OMEPRAZOLE 108 81 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 105 96 9 2
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 80 10 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 70 11 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 81 72 12 6
METFORMIN HCL 81 69 12 7
FUROSEMIDE 79 73 14 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 64 14 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 76 62 16 18
QVAR 75 65 17 144
LOVASTATIN 70 69 18 8
FAMOTIDINE 69 55 19 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 54 20 180
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 31 S2 21 112
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 23 S2 22 128
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 25 23 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 38 24 72
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 52 44 25 223
PROAIR HFA 51 39 26 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 51 26 12
GLIPIZIDE 50 44 28 30
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. 12, 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.