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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,963Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 330

$674K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 330

280 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Hawaii
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 280 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 280 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$97 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Hawaii
SIMVASTATIN 276 225 62 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 185 131 35 S3 2 20
OMEPRAZOLE 180 168 33 3 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 122 43 4 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 158 136 29 5 9
CLOPIDOGREL 140 135* 25 6 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 138 113 29 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 136 124 27 8 27
FUROSEMIDE 135 117 28 9 12
ATENOLOL 127 122* 22 10 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 91 24 11 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 105 105 20 12 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 94* 23 13 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 70 23 14 21
CLONAZEPAM 84 62 14 B 15 177
LISINOPRIL 84 79* 23 15 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 78* 20 17 33
PRADAXA 81 66 12 18 162
JANUMET 79 56 11 19 80
DIGOX 77 62 16 20 92
ALPRAZOLAM 77 57 18 B 20 50
TRAZODONE HCL 76 60 19 22 87
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 71 <11 <11 23 227
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 65* 12 24 31
CARVEDILOL 69 64* 20 25 22
CELEBREX 65 65 11 26 38
MELOXICAM 63 46 12 27 72
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 <11 <11 28 57
METFORMIN HCL 62 57* 13 28 7
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 57* 14 28 36
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 60 <11 <11 31 153
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 45 14 32 40
ALLOPURINOL 59 47 16 32 13
JANUVIA 57 <11 <11 34 29
NAMENDA 56 <11 <11 35 30
CRESTOR 56 <11 <11 35 24
FINASTERIDE 54 49* 11 37 52
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 12 37 126
DIOVAN 52 <11 <11 39 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 <11 <11 40 69
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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. 31, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.