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Prescriber Checkup

ALEXANDER RUTHVEN MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,460Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 2604

$707K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 2604

524 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

6% of this provider’s 524 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 524 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,378 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 904 555 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 722 348 S3 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 556 399 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 553 457 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 408 274 5 5
LISINOPRIL 380 216 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 286 248 7 16
METFORMIN HCL 257 157 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 239 192 9 9
ATENOLOL 236 121 10 11
ALLOPURINOL 235 171 11 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 230 218 12 13
TRAMADOL HCL 222 157 13 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 199 116 14 139
IBUPROFEN 197 99 15 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 194 144 16 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 101 17 10
RANITIDINE HCL 190 88 18 25
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 169 135 19 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 168 116 20 57
TRAZODONE HCL 166 99 21 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 112 22 20
GABAPENTIN 144 106 23 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 141 85 24 85
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 140 89 25 156
PROAIR HFA 117 67 26 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 54 27 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 96 28 18
CARVEDILOL 102 77 29 26
VERAPAMIL ER 100 70 30 117
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 44 R 31 43
SERTRALINE HCL 90 68 32 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 65 33 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 22 33 49
FAMOTIDINE 84 53 35 68
ROPINIROLE HCL 83 54 36 102
NAMENDA 82 75 37 37
PREDNISONE 80 43 38 34
LOVASTATIN 78 60 39 24
RISPERIDONE 77 64 40 65
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 55 41 92
GLIPIZIDE 75 75 41 51
ACARBOSE 74 59 43 429
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 46 44 41
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 73 44 44 299
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 70 46 42
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 34 47 109
NAPROXEN 70 28 48 76
QVAR 67 28 49 151
CYMBALTA 67 34 49 44
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 48 49 126
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 36 52 81
DIGOXIN 64 53 53 71
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 63 62 54 93
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 63 54 28
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 62 56 56 271
NYSTATIN 62 53 56 100
CLONIDINE HCL 61 39 58 56
PAROXETINE HCL 60 24 59 62
MECLIZINE HCL 60 16 59 155
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 40 61 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 44 62 29
CRESTOR 56 30 63 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 22 63 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 42 65 30
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 55 45 65 281
LACTULOSE 54 54 67 108
FINASTERIDE 54 36 67 103
HYDROCORTISONE 53 32 69 161
VENTOLIN HFA 53 20 69 63
NOVOLIN 70-30 51 14 71 202
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 29 71 31
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 31 73 84
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 April 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.