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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,086Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 944

$716K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 944

490 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 490 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 13,686 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
FUROSEMIDE 796 745 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 784 715 2 2
LISINOPRIL 666 600 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 550 504 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 527 488 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 518 466 6 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 492 470 7 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 406 375 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 340 325 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 313 10 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 280 268 11 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 264 234 12 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 244 236 13 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 214 205 14 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 206 147 S3 15 10
METFORMIN HCL 172 153 16 12
DIGOXIN 166 166 17 39
GABAPENTIN 162 136 18 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 154 19 9
EVISTA 154 149 20 172
TRAMADOL HCL 150 140 21 21
MIRTAZAPINE 140 140 22 35
PREDNISONE 139 136 23 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 129 24 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 134 119 24 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 130 121 26 13
SERTRALINE HCL 127 110 27 23
GLIPIZIDE 123 109 28 51
ALLOPURINOL 118 117 29 22
ATENOLOL 117 113 30 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 93 31 40
SPIRIVA 99 98 32 65
NAMENDA 98 98 33 37
METOLAZONE 97 97 34 133
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 96 94 35 102
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 74 36 96
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 75 37 29
LANTUS 83 82 38 46
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 83 38 101
CARVEDILOL 78 78 40 30
ZETIA 73 41 41 59
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 66 42 33
DIOVAN 70 65 42 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 68 44 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 63 45 20
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 45 77
RANITIDINE HCL 68 60 45 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 65 48 61
KLOR-CON M20 65 53 49 71
MELOXICAM 63 58 50 68
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 56 51 84
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 41 R 52 79
PLAVIX 58 53 53 55
PEN NEEDLE 58 48 53 100
NEXIUM 58 25 53 53
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 57 56 60
FENTANYL 56 44 S2 57 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 47 57 69
CLOPIDOGREL 55 49 59 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 52 60 31
CRESTOR 52 52 61 28
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 52 61 66
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 27 63 48
CLONIDINE HCL 50 50 64 67
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 Sept. 27, 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.