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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,152Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 944

$642K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 93 out of 944

549 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

6% of this provider’s 549 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 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,688 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
OMEPRAZOLE 499 360 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 415 291 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 408 361 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 388 342 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 364 290 5 7
ATENOLOL 309 262 6 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 263 236 7 9
LISINOPRIL 259 204 8 3
TRAMADOL HCL 247 198 9 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 227 195 10 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 222 194 11 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 219 179 12 15
METFORMIN HCL 219 176 12 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 187 161 14 5
PREDNISONE 170 162 15 32
GABAPENTIN 158 126 16 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 121 17 31
MIRTAZAPINE 130 111 18 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 122 112 19 24
NAMENDA 119 109 20 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 82 21 25
SINGULAIR 108 84 22 151
SERTRALINE HCL 107 91 23 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 71 S3 24 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 87 24 34
MELOXICAM 103 73 26 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 55 27 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 86 71 28 13
CRESTOR 84 33 29 28
AZITHROMYCIN 84 70 29 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 84 73 29 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 78 32 14
NEXIUM 78 35 33 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 68 33 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 63 35 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 77 77 35 20
GLYBURIDE 74 66 R 37 63
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 57 37 94
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 61 39 33
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 71 57 40 221
PAROXETINE HCL 69 44 41 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 55 R 41 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 64 43 16
TRAZODONE HCL 66 31 44 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 54 44 117
KLOR-CON M20 66 49 44 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 41 47 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 43 48 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 43 49 44
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 49 S3 50 95
ALLOPURINOL 57 53 50 22
LOVASTATIN 56 52 52 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 55 53 43
METOLAZONE 55 35 53 133
SPIRIVA 55 54 53 65
DIGOXIN 54 42 56 39
IMIPRAMINE HCL 54 54 R 56 355
PROAIR HFA 54 45 56 56
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 34 59 146
DIOVAN 53 51 59 38
KETOCONAZOLE 52 18 61 248
GEMFIBROZIL 52 35 61 72
CLOPIDOGREL 50 33 63 36
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 22, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.