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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,602Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 2035

$933K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 2035

764 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

10% of this provider’s 764 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 764 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,617 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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 $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,093 492 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 597 354 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 581 471 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 563 387 4 6
LISINOPRIL 507 279 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 498 361 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 425 267 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 348 244 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 323 208 9 9
TRAMADOL HCL 288 163 10 19
PROAIR HFA 241 119 11 31
GABAPENTIN 226 85 12 14
RANITIDINE HCL 218 96 13 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 212 138 14 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 192 105 15 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 188 159 16 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 186 158 17 24
IBUPROFEN 179 84 18 43
FENTANYL 178 90 S2 19 53
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 140 20 11
CARVEDILOL 166 135 21 22
CLOPIDOGREL 163 118 22 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 158 114 23 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 101 24 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 153 71 25 38
SERTRALINE HCL 152 54 26 23
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 149 111 S3 27 52
BUSPIRONE HCL 138 80 28 176
DIOVAN 134 86 29 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 112 30 45
MELOXICAM 126 110 31 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 82 32 25
CYMBALTA 125 31 32 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 121 57 R 34 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 76 35 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 119 65 36 70
PLAVIX 118 85 37 49
CLONIDINE HCL 116 100 38 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 100 39 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 83 40 42
GLIPIZIDE 112 87 41 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 79 42 15
ALLOPURINOL 109 89 42 34
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 65 44 48
RISPERIDONE 106 39 45 68
CARISOPRODOL 101 0 R 46 57
NAMENDA 101 94 46 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 68 48 63
SPIRIVA 98 43 49 44
TRAZODONE HCL 98 42 49 50
FAMOTIDINE 96 62 51 71
NEXIUM 89 40 52 51
GLYBURIDE 81 34 R 53 74
BACLOFEN 80 46 54 112
MIRTAZAPINE 78 64 55 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 37 56 29
VENTOLIN HFA 74 36 57 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 54 57 102
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 0 59 144
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 42 60 97
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 62 61 27
DIGOXIN 70 58 61 67
LOVASTATIN 68 59 63 33
ATENOLOL 68 49 63 10
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 37 63 130
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 0 63 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 67 67 117
SINGULAIR 66 42 68 119
PAROXETINE HCL 64 12 69 69
SYMBICORT 64 50 69 107
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 47 71 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 43 72 65
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 45 73 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 37 73 26
TOPIRAMATE 58 38 75 184
LANTUS 57 20 76 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 39 76 55
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 20 S2 76 127
VOLTAREN 54 39 79 141
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 54 0 R 79 223
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 52 32 81 191
LYRICA 51 32 82 89
FLUCONAZOLE 51 25 82 198
AZITHROMYCIN 51 27 82 39
LEVETIRACETAM 50 20 85 87
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. 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.