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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,203Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 2035

$969K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 2035

490 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

13% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,821 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,079 1,011 1 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 808 691 2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 766 724 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 584 570 4 1
LISINOPRIL 534 526 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 435 420 6 18
OMEPRAZOLE 387 370 7 5
NAMENDA 381 381 8 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 380 355 9 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 365 365 10 24
SERTRALINE HCL 361 319 11 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340 320 12 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 313 276 S3 13 2
GABAPENTIN 309 268 14 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 297 257 15 48
MIRTAZAPINE 249 246 16 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 248 240 17 27
RISPERIDONE 230 207 18 68
CARVEDILOL 219 218 19 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 195 20 20
NYSTATIN 200 199 21 103
KLOR-CON M20 198 178 22 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 193 193 23 32
FAMOTIDINE 189 188 24 71
TRAZODONE HCL 181 163 25 50
TRAMADOL HCL 180 179 26 19
LIDODERM 179 177 27 72
FENTANYL 176 143 S2 28 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 175 157 29 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 155 152 30 70
GLIPIZIDE 142 141 31 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 140 130 32 77
LANTUS 138 138 33 40
CLOPIDOGREL 137 136 34 30
ATENOLOL 133 128 35 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 127 36 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 128 106 37 45
LEVETIRACETAM 122 81 38 87
DIGOXIN 121 121 39 67
PAROXETINE HCL 119 104 40 69
BACLOFEN 118 67 41 112
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 111 42 63
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 117 101 42 94
MELOXICAM 115 108 44 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 115 44 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 112 105 46 90
SPIRIVA 106 104 47 44
PLAVIX 101 100 48 49
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 98 49 99
SEROQUEL 94 93 50 153
PREDNISONE 94 79 50 36
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 91 91 52 146
CLOZAPINE 91 91 52 200
NOVOLOG 85 84 54 95
AMIODARONE HCL 83 82 55 171
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 78 56 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 76 57 38
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 78 78 58 148
OLANZAPINE 76 61 59 121
DILTIAZEM HCL 72 72 60 316
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 60 60 132
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 66 62 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 70 62 42
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 65 64 110
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 64 65 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 61 65 117
CYMBALTA 67 67 67 59
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 65 68 55
NOVOLIN R 63 62 69 210
SANTYL 63 50 69 192
METFORMIN HCL 61 60 71 9
HEPARIN SODIUM 60 53 72 227
METOLAZONE 59 58 73 162
RANITIDINE HCL 58 58 74 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 56 S3 75 52
NYSTOP 57 57 75 150
ALLOPURINOL 53 53 77 34
EXELON 51 51 78 151
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 15, 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.