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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,006Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 2035

$850K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 2035

332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

12% of this provider’s 332 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 332 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 11,738 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 561 466 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 555 418 2 1
LISINOPRIL 542 429 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 508 381 4 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 473 242 5 11
FUROSEMIDE 461 340 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 397 204 S3 7 2
MIRTAZAPINE 323 278 8 46
OMEPRAZOLE 320 213 9 5
RISPERIDONE 264 213 10 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253 188 11 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 235 187 12 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 226 218 13 6
SERTRALINE HCL 223 144 14 23
GABAPENTIN 222 118 15 14
LACTULOSE 216 140 16 96
TRAMADOL HCL 187 162 17 19
METFORMIN HCL 182 129 18 9
LEVETIRACETAM 168 111 19 87
NYSTATIN 167 111 20 103
DONEPEZIL HCL 167 166 20 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 166 109 22 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 124 23 25
FAMOTIDINE 152 115 24 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 140 108 25 42
CARVEDILOL 135 88 26 22
JANUVIA 134 121 27 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 132 99 28 63
LANTUS 128 89 29 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 128 101 29 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 110 31 32
NOVOLOG 118 86 32 95
HYDRALAZINE HCL 116 82 33 45
CLOPIDOGREL 115 86 34 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 86 35 77
DIGOXIN 109 76 36 67
AZITHROMYCIN 107 85 37 39
NAMENDA 106 102 38 37
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 105 13 39 123
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 104 52 40 144
PROAIR HFA 100 58 41 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 99 89 42 70
CRESTOR 99 83 42 41
TRAZODONE HCL 96 55 44 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 95 68 45 99
BUMETANIDE 94 65 46 79
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 49 47 132
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 85 62 48 148
CLONIDINE HCL 85 70 48 61
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 84 47 50 297
PLAVIX 83 67 51 49
ALLOPURINOL 82 73 52 34
NYSTOP 81 69 53 150
LIDOCAINE HCL 80 59 54 205
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 79 70 55 168
FENTANYL 76 55 S2 56 53
DIOVAN 75 50 57 76
CEFTRIAXONE 75 54 57 217
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 70 59 15
RANITIDINE HCL 70 67 60 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 51 61 16
PAROXETINE HCL 63 53 62 69
EXELON 63 63 62 151
LATANOPROST 61 51 64 177
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 60 65 94
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 46 65 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 34 67 21
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 37 R 68 208
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 57 37 69 13
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 50 69 131
OLANZAPINE 57 48 69 121
NIASPAN 57 52 69 165
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 56 38 73 335
GLIPIZIDE 56 44 73 54
METRONIDAZOLE 55 30 75 276
CLONIDINE 55 43 75 277
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 20 R 77 64
SYMBICORT 51 30 78 107
PHENYTOIN 51 51 78 268
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 Feb. 11, 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.