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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,494Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 2035

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 2035

544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
34%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

47% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,120 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
OXYCODONE HCL 945 118 S2 1 62
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 934 192 S3 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 640 390 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 471 286 4 9
LISINOPRIL 403 223 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 360 130 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 334 192 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 216 8 8
NEXIUM 262 133 9 51
CARISOPRODOL 259 0 R 10 57
FUROSEMIDE 242 162 11 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 241 161 12 4
IBUPROFEN 239 112 13 43
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 71 14 26
AZITHROMYCIN 226 100 15 39
CELEBREX 222 172 16 104
CRESTOR 203 68 17 41
OPANA ER 201 26 S2 18 172
GABAPENTIN 192 105 19 14
PROAIR HFA 188 58 20 31
LIDODERM 186 108 21 72
RANITIDINE HCL 185 112 22 28
ATENOLOL 170 122 23 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 119 24 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 93 25 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 86 26 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 131 21 R 27 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 127 99 28 25
CLONIDINE HCL 123 28 29 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 62 30 32
SERTRALINE HCL 111 70 31 23
BYSTOLIC 111 32 31 108
ACTOS 106 94 33 124
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 29 33 12
GLIPIZIDE 104 75 35 54
VOLTAREN 104 68 35 141
SINGLE USE SWAB 102 84 37 163
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 76 38 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 76 38 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 17 40 42
DIOVAN HCT 98 59 41 126
HYDROCORTISONE 95 24 42 156
TRICOR 94 26 43 120
CLOPIDOGREL 94 36 43 30
BENICAR HCT 94 53 43 201
AMMONIUM LACTATE 92 64 46 155
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 49 R 47 106
LIPITOR 89 83 48 134
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 87 38 49 18
CARVEDILOL 86 65 50 22
NAPROXEN 82 40 51 92
GLYBURIDE 79 54 R 52 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 24 53 16
DIOVAN 75 43 54 76
MELOXICAM 72 58 55 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 56 24
PROCTOSOL-HC 70 64 57 222
LYRICA 70 19 57 89
GLIPIZIDE XL 70 52 57 166
BENICAR 68 42 60 185
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 31 61 35
CEPHALEXIN 65 31 62 91
KETOCONAZOLE 65 55 62 215
VENTOLIN HFA 64 18 64 80
AZOR 63 22 65 356
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 49 65 131
AMOXICILLIN 60 20 67 116
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 21 68 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 25 69 29
LOVASTATIN 56 45 69 33
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 0 S2 71 127
TRAZODONE HCL 54 0 72 50
PLAVIX 53 27 73 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 42 73 48
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 52 45 R 75 247
NASONEX 51 24 76 207
ALLOPURINOL 50 31 77 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 27 77 60
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 Sept. 25, 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.