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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,769Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 315

$357K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 315

345 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

9% of this provider’s 345 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 345 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,775 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

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
LISINOPRIL 236 202 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 217 187 2 2
LOVASTATIN 181 157 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 159 132 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 152 124 5 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 120 6 5
ALLOPURINOL 134 127 7 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 124 110 8 13
FUROSEMIDE 118 100 9 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 109 100 10 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 106 11 16
OMEPRAZOLE 97 77 12 9
CARVEDILOL 84 67 13 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 75 14 26
ATENOLOL 83 82 14 11
ACTOS 82 78 16 78
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 76 17 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 57 18 10
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 66 58 R 18 87
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 44 20 29
IBUPROFEN 62 47 20 89
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 59 22 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 57 23 4
TRAZODONE HCL 56 37 24 93
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 51 51 25 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 32 R 25 168
GLYBURIDE 51 49 R 25 49
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 Jan. 12, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.