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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,205Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 2035

$853K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 2035

359 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 12,830 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 687 605 S3 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 624 516 2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 555 503 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 479 425 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 442 403 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 422 320 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 365 317 7 6
LISINOPRIL 338 269 8 3
SIMVASTATIN 308 281 9 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 297 279 10 24
GABAPENTIN 276 217 11 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 273 223 12 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 268 250 13 20
TRAMADOL HCL 248 210 14 19
LANTUS 224 144 15 40
NOVOLOG 203 133 16 95
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 192 152 17 75
SERTRALINE HCL 183 167 18 23
KLOR-CON M20 173 160 19 73
CLONIDINE HCL 170 118 20 61
NAMENDA 165 153 21 37
FENTANYL 154 147 S2 22 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 153 114 23 45
METFORMIN HCL 148 118 24 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 116 25 13
CYMBALTA 134 119 26 59
LEVETIRACETAM 129 92 27 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 125 28 99
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 124 119 29 70
CLOPIDOGREL 118 101 30 30
BUMETANIDE 113 98 31 79
TRAZODONE HCL 113 81 31 50
GLIPIZIDE 113 98 31 54
MIRTAZAPINE 112 112 34 46
BACLOFEN 109 90 35 112
ATENOLOL 107 103 36 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 90 36 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 102 38 25
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 103 99 39 146
MELOXICAM 101 101 40 56
CARVEDILOL 100 77 41 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 75 42 12
PREDNISONE 91 89 43 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 73 44 42
NYSTATIN 86 82 45 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 85 77 46 117
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 64 S2 47 181
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 81 80 48 90
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 76 49 38
NYSTOP 78 69 50 150
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 51 32
CLOZAPINE 76 76 51 200
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 66 53 110
LIDODERM 73 72 53 72
LYRICA 72 56 55 89
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 29 55 132
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 70 57 122
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 69 51 S2 58 86
DIGOXIN 69 69 58 67
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 61 60 94
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 65 61 16
RISPERIDONE 65 29 62 68
PLAVIX 65 51 62 49
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 62 64 130
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 60 64 77
CLONIDINE 62 49 66 277
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 61 67 27
HUMALOG 60 53 68 139
FAMOTIDINE 59 47 69 71
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 54 54 70 148
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 53 37 71 226
DILANTIN 51 24 72 332
METRONIDAZOLE 51 45 72 276
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.