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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,880Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 139

$381K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 139

294 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
40%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

14% of this provider’s 294 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

57% of this provider’s 294 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 29%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,194 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 Michigan
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 645 194 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 418 178 2 2
CARISOPRODOL 281 50 R 3 14
PROAIR HFA 254 87 4 10
SIMVASTATIN 227 88 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 225 104 6 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 47 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 187 72 8 5
IBUPROFEN 180 55 9 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 174 107 10 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 80 11 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 137 60 12 24
FUROSEMIDE 127 73 13 7
METFORMIN HCL 126 46 14 8
CLONIDINE HCL 109 50 15 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 44 16 27
CLOPIDOGREL 98 52 17 37
GABAPENTIN 92 24 18 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 32 19 46
LIDOCAINE 87 50 20 170
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 28 21 64
RANITIDINE HCL 77 17 22 15
TRAMADOL HCL 77 29 22 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 77 51 22 6
SPIRIVA 75 27 25 45
LIDODERM 67 23 26 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 29 27 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 42 27 61
LYRICA 62 31 29 82
VENTOLIN HFA 61 14 30 44
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 12 30 116
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 32 28
SERTRALINE HCL 57 20 33 29
HYDROCORTISONE 57 31 33 109
NEXIUM 57 14 33 49
LOVASTATIN 56 12 36 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 25 37 23
LANTUS 51 24 38 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 24 38 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 0 R 40 39
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 April 13, 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.