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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,448Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 321 out of 944

$526K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 192 out of 944

405 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

5% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,846 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LISINOPRIL 374 366 1 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 299 282 2 14
SIMVASTATIN 272 250 3 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 236 4 9
FUROSEMIDE 246 234 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 201 6 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 177 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 190 159 8 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 173 168 9 7
CRESTOR 158 150 10 28
LOVASTATIN 156 150 11 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 155 139 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 118 13 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 117 14 13
ATENOLOL 100 100 15 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 93 16 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 68 S3 17 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 85 18 25
ALLOPURINOL 87 86 19 22
TERAZOSIN HCL 84 84 20 99
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 77 73 21 15
METFORMIN HCL 77 75 21 12
FAMOTIDINE 75 63 23 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 62 24 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 68 64 25 49
DIGOXIN 66 64 26 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 26 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 62 26 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 64 26 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 62 30 52
GABAPENTIN 61 51 31 18
CLOPIDOGREL 61 52 31 36
PLAVIX 58 50 33 55
KLOR-CON M20 50 50 34 71
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 31, 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.