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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 2035

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 2035

403 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 403 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 403 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 15,203 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
SIMVASTATIN 748 635 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 741 659 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 690 616 3 6
LISINOPRIL 565 484 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 545 464 S3 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 527 483 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 382 333 7 7
MIRTAZAPINE 362 324 8 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 362 293 8 45
OMEPRAZOLE 302 223 10 5
NAMENDA 301 301 11 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 273 271 12 24
GLIPIZIDE 267 236 13 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 262 220 14 20
GABAPENTIN 252 158 15 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 245 164 16 11
TRAMADOL HCL 238 177 17 19
SERTRALINE HCL 220 220 18 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 190 170 19 70
LOVAZA 189 166 20 137
LANTUS 187 148 21 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 177 154 22 18
CARVEDILOL 166 131 23 22
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 163 147 24 90
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 160 151 25 66
LIDODERM 158 137 26 72
TRAVATAN Z 155 147 27 199
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 119 28 13
ATENOLOL 146 143 29 10
LEVETIRACETAM 143 83 30 87
RISPERIDONE 137 126 31 68
METFORMIN HCL 133 100 32 9
LACTULOSE 130 78 33 96
PLAVIX 128 123 34 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 123 35 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 112 35 15
CLOPIDOGREL 121 118 37 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 119 107 38 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 75 38 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 112 40 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 108 41 12
NOVOLIN N 112 112 42 256
TRAZODONE HCL 109 99 43 50
CEPHALEXIN 108 77 44 91
LATANOPROST 103 88 45 177
PHENYTOIN 102 71 46 268
AZITHROMYCIN 100 88 47 39
TRANSDERM-SCOP 98 82 48 271
BACLOFEN 98 33 48 112
CLONIDINE HCL 95 57 50 61
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 92 40 S2 51 159
EXELON 92 81 51 151
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 71 53 48
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 89 86 53 144
FENTANYL 87 62 S2 55 53
PREDNISONE 86 67 56 36
DIGOXIN 81 69 57 67
SEROQUEL 79 73 58 153
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 77 50 59 27
NOVOLOG 75 58 60 95
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 75 67 60 142
DIOVAN 74 74 62 76
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 74 73 S3 62 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 71 71 64 75
OLANZAPINE 69 54 65 121
KLOR-CON M20 68 44 66 73
NOVOLIN 70-30 68 64 66 178
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 57 68 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 46 69 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 39 70 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 50 70 77
GLYBURIDE 58 26 R 72 74
HYDROCORTISONE 58 45 72 156
ARANESP 56 56 74 455
AMIODARONE HCL 56 45 74 171
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 50 74 110
LYRICA 56 53 74 89
RANITIDINE HCL 56 50 74 28
TOPIRAMATE 56 29 74 184
SANTYL 56 39 74 192
ALLOPURINOL 53 32 81 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 52 82 21
ABILIFY 52 51 82 174
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 52 52 82 148
VIMPAT 52 36 82 346
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 44 82 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 44 82 265
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 51 51 88 239
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 42 89 132
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 49 89 176
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 Aug. 10, 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.