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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,580Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 944

$852K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 944

711 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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
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this specialty
in Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,850 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Wisconsin
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,044 904 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 888 776 2 1
LISINOPRIL 755 682 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 725 599 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 642 584 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 607 556 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 587 514 7 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 516 463 8 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 501 497 9 7
ATENOLOL 425 398 10 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 349 309 11 15
SERTRALINE HCL 348 311 12 23
CRESTOR 279 248 13 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 277 244 14 9
GABAPENTIN 269 213 15 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 264 231 S3 16 10
DIOVAN 249 232 17 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 211 18 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 222 186 19 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 209 195 20 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 203 195 21 16
TRAZODONE HCL 196 141 22 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 182 153 23 47
MIRTAZAPINE 180 144 24 35
METFORMIN HCL 177 152 25 12
CLONIDINE HCL 172 171 26 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 161 152 27 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 156 141 28 43
TRAMADOL HCL 156 119 28 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 131 30 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 134 31 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 145 115 32 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 141 111 33 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 133 82 34 84
RANITIDINE HCL 125 71 35 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 119 36 41
ALLOPURINOL 109 96 37 22
LIDODERM 108 97 38 73
LOVASTATIN 95 81 39 26
PREDNISONE 94 88 40 32
JANTOVEN 91 91 41 139
TAMSULOSIN HCL 85 56 42 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 82 79 43 121
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 46 44 48
CARVEDILOL 78 73 45 30
CLOPIDOGREL 77 62 46 36
NITROSTAT 76 66 47 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 72 48 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 73 47 49 102
PROAIR HFA 72 60 50 56
VENTOLIN HFA 70 49 51 116
LIPITOR 69 56 52 91
KLOR-CON 10 69 56 52 115
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 59 54 40
OXYCODONE HCL 66 58 S2 55 50
PLAVIX 64 57 56 55
ZETIA 63 62 57 59
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 62 59 58 246
NYSTATIN 62 57 58 134
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 61 60 77
DETROL LA 61 38 60 159
FLOVENT HFA 60 47 62 152
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 38 62 31
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 45 64 61
LANTUS 59 56 64 46
DIGOXIN 59 57 64 39
GEMFIBROZIL 58 31 67 72
RISPERIDONE 58 45 67 78
BACLOFEN 56 40 69 111
NAMENDA 56 56 69 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 42 R 69 79
NYSTOP 54 52 72 126
KLOR-CON M20 54 54 72 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 43 74 33
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 52 75 157
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 May 9, 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.