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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,637Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 2035

$939K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 2035

687 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

42% of this provider’s 687 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 687 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 6,695 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 1,223 313 S2 1 62
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 665 169 S3 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 550 251 3 6
LISINOPRIL 488 223 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 428 204 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 316 213 6 1
CARISOPRODOL 292 55 R 7 57
ATENOLOL 246 164 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 235 114 9 9
AZITHROMYCIN 228 74 10 39
IBUPROFEN 224 114 11 43
FUROSEMIDE 220 125 12 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 128 13 8
PROAIR HFA 196 54 14 31
RANITIDINE HCL 195 130 15 28
PROMETHAZINE HCL 187 59 R 16 106
CLONIDINE HCL 182 84 17 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 165 57 18 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 163 59 19 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 77 20 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 62 21 16
CRESTOR 137 68 22 41
SPIRIVA 133 54 23 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130 74 24 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 127 50 25 21
METFORMIN HCL ER 126 115 26 78
SERTRALINE HCL 124 62 27 23
VENTOLIN HFA 122 20 28 80
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 58 29 25
CLOPIDOGREL 110 54 30 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 101 31 27
DIOVAN HCT 107 77 32 126
OPANA ER 105 23 S2 33 172
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 45 34 13
CARVEDILOL 101 51 35 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 54 36 12
CYMBALTA 95 12 37 59
TRAMADOL HCL 94 42 38 19
ALLOPURINOL 93 72 39 34
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 92 84 40 179
SINGULAIR 92 49 40 119
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 64 40 11
NEXIUM 91 56 43 51
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 58 43 35
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 89 37 45 246
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 87 11 R 46 64
CEPHALEXIN 87 27 46 91
LIDODERM 83 47 48 72
PLAVIX 83 55 48 49
CELEBREX 72 60 50 104
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 20 50 32
MELOXICAM 68 66 52 56
PREDNISONE 67 21 53 36
DIOVAN 67 32 53 76
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 30 53 99
FLUCONAZOLE 65 0 56 198
JANUVIA 64 52 57 85
BENICAR 63 30 58 185
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 20 59 63
BYSTOLIC 59 50 60 108
GLIPIZIDE 59 27 60 54
GABAPENTIN 59 11 60 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 31 63 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 16 63 29
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 28 R 65 208
SINGLE USE SWAB 56 55 65 163
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 31 67 17
LYRICA 54 16 68 89
NASONEX 52 22 69 207
NAPROXEN 50 21 70 92
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 Nov. 13, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.