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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,465Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 38

$1.33M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 38

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

18% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 25%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 20,351 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,422 1,317 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,052 979 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 844 803 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 749 687 4 2
LISINOPRIL 689 640 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 640 573 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 540 485 7 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 484 474 8 10
FENTANYL 483 450 S2 9 14
NAMENDA 463 432 10 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 428 363 11 9
OMEPRAZOLE 383 325 12 6
GABAPENTIN 377 305 13 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 344 288 14 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 329 294 15 40
CARVEDILOL 328 281 16 27
NOVOLOG 313 270 17 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 312 262 18 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 303 220 19 33
TRAMADOL HCL 281 254 20 19
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 279 259 21 28
GLIPIZIDE 278 224 22 52
MIRTAZAPINE 265 257 23 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 257 222 24 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 256 241 25 15
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 253 218 26 44
KLOR-CON M20 242 223 27 42
PREDNISONE 187 171 28 41
OLANZAPINE 185 164 29 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 178 154 30 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 172 31 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 175 146 32 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 173 167 33 30
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 167 115 S2 34 67
LANTUS 161 139 35 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 121 36 25
SERTRALINE HCL 150 134 37 16
BUMETANIDE 148 117 38 49
RISPERIDONE 143 120 39 26
KLOR-CON M10 140 129 40 86
LIDODERM 139 120 41 71
LEVEMIR 139 108 41 81
MORPHINE SULFATE 125 92 S2 43 79
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 123 110 44 57
ATENOLOL 121 120 45 22
CLOPIDOGREL 119 101 46 34
ABILIFY 116 90 47 94
TRAZODONE HCL 113 91 48 29
DIGOXIN 108 103 49 46
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 106 105 50 96
PAROXETINE HCL 106 102 50 48
ALLOPURINOL 102 85 52 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 86 53 60
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 97 88 54 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 91 54 47
CEPHALEXIN 94 89 56 55
CLONIDINE HCL 93 71 57 84
NYSTATIN 91 71 58 43
CYMBALTA 90 71 59 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 88 75 60 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 72 61 100
SEROQUEL 85 66 62 91
CARBAMAZEPINE 84 72 63 122
NYSTOP 83 64 64 68
FAMOTIDINE 82 79 65 35
RANITIDINE HCL 81 62 66 24
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 79 23 R 67 113
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 76 68 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 62 69 106
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 75 68 69 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 64 71 54
LEVETIRACETAM 73 45 72 69
METFORMIN HCL 69 49 73 23
PHENYTOIN 68 50 74 149
CLOZAPINE 65 59 75 133
LEXAPRO 65 57 75 138
PROAIR HFA 65 63 75 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 64 75 90
SPIRIVA 64 54 79 65
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 45 80 72
VENTOLIN HFA 63 52 80 126
EXELON 62 62 82 105
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 48 82 58
AVELOX 62 59 82 186
FINASTERIDE 61 61 85 134
LATANOPROST 60 53 86 110
KIONEX 57 52 87 196
PLAVIX 57 53 87 51
TOPIRAMATE 56 40 89 199
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 37 90 75
METOLAZONE 55 54 90 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 37 92 76
GENERLAC 54 32 92 119
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 47 92 83
DILANTIN 53 43 95 157
FLUCONAZOLE 52 39 96 207
CLONIDINE 51 39 97 209
HUMALOG 51 43 97 130
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 50 97 89
SODIUM CHLORIDE 50 38 100 74
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 Dec. 2, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.