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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,708Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 2035

$912K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 2035

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 Michigan
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,653 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 Michigan
FUROSEMIDE 923 896 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 805 767 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 549 505 3 11
LISINOPRIL 547 543 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 477 446 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 469 458 6 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 443 441 7 24
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 404 399 8 90
SERTRALINE HCL 384 343 9 23
NAMENDA 331 329 10 37
SIMVASTATIN 324 299 11 1
LEVOFLOXACIN 309 305 12 99
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 257 S3 13 2
TRAMADOL HCL 285 284 14 19
MIRTAZAPINE 284 284 15 46
LANTUS 251 244 16 40
GABAPENTIN 248 228 17 14
RANITIDINE HCL 247 233 18 28
KLOR-CON M20 245 236 19 73
NOVOLOG 216 213 20 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 193 193 21 18
CLOPIDOGREL 188 173 22 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 175 173 23 32
DIGOXIN 174 171 24 67
RISPERIDONE 174 174 24 68
SPIRIVA 170 161 26 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 170 169 26 38
CARVEDILOL 170 159 26 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 156 155 29 48
CYMBALTA 154 154 30 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 129 31 25
PLAVIX 136 123 32 49
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 135 134 33 168
GENERLAC 133 126 34 180
HYDRALAZINE HCL 133 121 34 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 132 117 36 75
PAROXETINE HCL 130 130 37 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 122 114 38 20
CEPHALEXIN 122 117 38 91
TRAZODONE HCL 121 106 40 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 121 121 40 70
BUMETANIDE 118 96 42 79
PREDNISONE 117 114 43 36
ROPINIROLE HCL 113 85 44 113
FENTANYL 111 103 S2 45 53
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 111 81 45 132
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 111 104 45 110
OMEPRAZOLE 108 103 48 5
GLIPIZIDE 105 105 49 54
ALLOPURINOL 102 102 50 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 99 51 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 94 52 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 93 53 13
METOLAZONE 94 79 53 162
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 93 53 81
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 93 93 56 122
HYDROXYZINE HCL 86 76 R 57 208
DILANTIN 84 73 58 332
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 81 59 63
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 78 60 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 64 61 65
ENULOSE 72 58 62 230
LACTULOSE 71 64 63 96
CLONIDINE HCL 70 70 64 61
CARBAMAZEPINE 66 30 65 228
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 64 66 16
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 64 66 129
ATENOLOL 63 62 68 10
SEROQUEL 63 62 68 153
AMOXICILLIN 62 61 70 116
GLIPIZIDE ER 61 61 71 131
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 56 R 71 106
TOBRAMYCIN 61 61 71 437
SODIUM CHLORIDE 61 55 71 216
LEVETIRACETAM 61 39 71 87
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 60 76 130
LOPERAMIDE 60 60 76 270
LIDOCAINE 59 59 78 206
METFORMIN HCL 59 56 78 9
LATANOPROST 59 58 78 177
FINASTERIDE 59 59 78 105
AMIODARONE HCL 58 46 82 171
JANTOVEN 56 56 83 138
LAMOTRIGINE 55 51 84 203
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 53 85 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 86 12
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 50 50 87 148
FLUOCINONIDE 50 49 87 480
OLANZAPINE 50 50 87 121
FLUCONAZOLE 50 42 87 198
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 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.