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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,518Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 2035

$994K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 2035

504 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

15% of this provider’s 504 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 504 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 10,421 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

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 636 491 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 576 325 S3 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 467 340 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 405 339 4 7
LISINOPRIL 320 247 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 307 269 6 1
ATENOLOL 292 270 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 225 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 233 158 9 9
TRAMADOL HCL 212 158 10 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 178 11 13
GABAPENTIN 206 110 12 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 167 13 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 184 14 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 194 160 15 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 181 83 16 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 178 138 17 17
LOVASTATIN 172 123 18 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 164 123 19 20
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 150 34 S2 20 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 103 21 16
SERTRALINE HCL 135 108 22 23
NEXIUM 132 77 23 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 122 24 15
AZITHROMYCIN 127 91 25 39
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 119 96 26 125
PAROXETINE HCL 107 73 27 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 106 80 28 65
PREDNISONE 105 79 29 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 72 30 29
TRAZODONE HCL 99 57 31 50
CARVEDILOL 98 81 32 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 88 32 18
METHADONE HCL 96 32 S2 34 93
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 75 35 25
ZETIA 93 54 36 84
CYMBALTA 92 74 37 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 45 R 38 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 75 39 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 63 40 42
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 85 52 40 110
RANITIDINE HCL 83 56 42 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 56 42 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 69 44 32
CRESTOR 78 59 45 41
CLOPIDOGREL 76 67 46 30
CLONIDINE HCL 75 44 47 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 74 52 48 66
PROAIR HFA 74 53 48 31
RAMIPRIL 72 65 50 135
MELOXICAM 71 57 51 56
LANSOPRAZOLE 71 46 51 118
LOVAZA 70 37 53 137
ALLOPURINOL 70 67 53 34
JANUVIA 69 45 55 85
PEN NEEDLE 68 65 56 100
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 46 57 55
EVISTA 65 65 58 136
ALPRAZOLAM 65 58 58 109
SINGULAIR 64 35 60 119
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 57 60 88
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 62 29 62 210
DIOVAN 62 50 62 76
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 61 64 128
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 27 65 81
DIGOXIN 60 30 65 67
NAMENDA 59 59 67 37
LANTUS 58 43 68 40
BACLOFEN 58 25 68 112
SPIRIVA 57 33 70 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 35 R 70 101
TRICOR 56 38 72 120
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 38 72 70
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 43 72 176
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 43 75 75
FENTANYL 55 54 S2 75 53
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 27 77 102
FAMOTIDINE 50 28 77 71
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 42 77 99
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.