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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,825Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 38

$990K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 38

356 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

17% of this provider’s 356 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 356 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 25%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 12,597 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 621 470 S3 1 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 564 504 2 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 535 512 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 515 393 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 457 421 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 391 313 6 7
TRAZODONE HCL 344 290 7 29
LISINOPRIL 341 287 8 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 333 275 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 304 263 10 12
SIMVASTATIN 296 223 11 5
SERTRALINE HCL 281 224 12 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 216 13 8
LANTUS 263 169 14 20
TRAMADOL HCL 257 196 15 19
RISPERIDONE 241 188 16 26
GABAPENTIN 230 143 17 18
NAMENDA 226 215 18 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 222 222 19 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 204 159 20 9
MIRTAZAPINE 202 195 21 17
CYMBALTA 169 105 22 38
FENTANYL 159 135 S2 23 14
RANITIDINE HCL 157 134 24 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 136 25 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 125 26 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 151 144 27 33
CARVEDILOL 135 118 28 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 129 127 29 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 91 30 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 89 31 40
ATENOLOL 115 104 32 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 114 97 33 107
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 113 105 34 44
OXYCODONE HCL 111 0 S2 35 36
ALLOPURINOL 106 96 36 56
CLOPIDOGREL 103 91 37 34
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 103 91 37 57
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 100 80 39 112
PREDNISONE 96 70 40 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 93 64 41 98
FAMOTIDINE 93 82 41 35
METFORMIN HCL 93 82 41 23
DIGOXIN 92 65 44 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 91 90 45 90
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 68 46 54
NOVOLOG 90 57 46 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 77 48 47
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 86 70 S2 49 67
BUSPIRONE HCL 84 84 50 100
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 84 71 50 92
BUMETANIDE 82 69 52 49
SPIRIVA 78 57 53 65
KLOR-CON M20 76 66 54 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 37 54 32
BACLOFEN 76 0 54 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 72 54 97
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 68 58 58
NYSTOP 73 70 59 68
CARBAMAZEPINE 70 26 60 122
NOVOLIN N 69 69 61 116
PLAVIX 65 58 62 51
MORPHINE SULFATE 64 52 S2 63 79
NYSTATIN 64 34 63 43
AMOXICILLIN 62 50 65 120
VALPROIC ACID 61 47 66 108
SEROQUEL 60 58 67 91
LIDODERM 60 54 67 71
METHADONE HCL 58 44 S2 69 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 42 70 106
MELOXICAM 57 47 70 148
CLONIDINE HCL 55 42 72 84
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 40 73 163
PROMETHAZINE HCL 53 26 R 74 102
GLIPIZIDE 53 46 74 52
CLOZAPINE 52 52 76 133
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 27 77 37
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 Nov. 21, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.