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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,079Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 944

$755K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 944

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
51%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

19% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 516 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 7,889 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
SIMVASTATIN 448 322 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 392 324 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 388 228 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 347 269 4 5
LISINOPRIL 309 225 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 258 196 6 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 249 238 7 24
FUROSEMIDE 239 203 8 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 190 9 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 201 121 S3 10 10
METFORMIN HCL 198 114 11 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 68 12 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 174 148 13 15
MIRTAZAPINE 167 128 14 35
GABAPENTIN 161 131 15 18
TRAZODONE HCL 155 111 16 45
PROAIR HFA 153 70 17 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 124 18 20
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 41 S2 19 62
NAMENDA 143 143 19 37
ALLOPURINOL 135 97 21 22
FAMOTIDINE 128 111 22 74
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 89 23 9
CARVEDILOL 118 72 24 30
LANTUS 108 80 25 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 74 26 31
LEVETIRACETAM 103 49 27 97
TRAMADOL HCL 95 67 28 21
BACLOFEN 94 41 29 111
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 56 30 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 92 64 31 60
RANITIDINE HCL 91 69 32 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 70 33 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 82 34 98
LIDODERM 86 73 35 73
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 86 32 35 41
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 85 28 S3 37 95
CLOPIDOGREL 84 61 38 36
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 79 39 87
CITALOPRAM HBR 80 55 40 19
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 18 S2 40 127
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 67 42 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 69 43 14
RISPERIDONE 75 49 43 78
SANTYL 75 62 43 191
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 50 46 34
DIGOXIN 73 51 47 39
DIOVAN 71 42 48 38
COMBIVENT 70 49 49 107
FINASTERIDE 69 47 50 83
SERTRALINE HCL 69 55 50 23
SPIRIVA 67 54 52 65
CARBAMAZEPINE 66 21 53 164
JANUVIA 64 28 54 81
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 37 54 85
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 58 56 43
NOVOLOG 62 56 57 93
OXYCODONE HCL 61 26 S2 58 50
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 57 14 59 105
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 56 60 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 0 60 25
AZITHROMYCIN 55 18 62 70
CLONIDINE 54 46 63 225
FLOVENT HFA 53 26 64 152
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 29 65 16
PLAVIX 51 41 65 55
OLANZAPINE 50 31 67 125
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 March 5, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.