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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,766Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 2035

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 2035

597 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
31%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

59% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,277 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 2,599 412 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 788 318 2 1
LISINOPRIL 659 222 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 654 183 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 619 217 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 570 211 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 560 230 7 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 412 93 8 21
PROAIR HFA 406 50 9 31
GABAPENTIN 401 34 10 14
METFORMIN HCL 322 89 11 9
CEPHALEXIN 321 66 12 91
CLONIDINE HCL 297 43 13 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 292 33 R 14 64
CARISOPRODOL 275 0 R 15 57
IBUPROFEN 259 39 16 43
CLOPIDOGREL 256 99 17 30
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 255 25 S2 18 127
WARFARIN SODIUM 252 97 19 11
VENTOLIN HFA 250 15 20 80
ATENOLOL 242 123 21 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 221 55 22 29
RANITIDINE HCL 211 29 23 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 211 49 23 18
LYRICA 208 0 25 89
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 206 0 S2 26 86
PLAVIX 203 88 27 49
AZITHROMYCIN 194 58 28 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 192 123 29 27
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 190 68 S3 30 52
CYMBALTA 187 21 31 59
SERTRALINE HCL 187 49 31 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 186 97 33 6
NEXIUM 178 44 34 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 178 0 34 70
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 176 0 S2 36 218
TRAMADOL HCL 175 35 37 19
TRAZODONE HCL 175 28 37 50
PREDNISONE 174 70 39 36
TIZANIDINE HCL 174 19 39 261
NAPROXEN 170 42 41 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 51 42 20
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 158 44 43 110
METHOCARBAMOL 156 0 R 44 214
GLIPIZIDE 152 32 45 54
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 141 33 46 144
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 135 44 47 32
GEMFIBROZIL 128 0 48 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 22 49 38
MELOXICAM 125 68 49 56
PROMETHAZINE HCL 124 17 R 51 106
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 37 52 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 52 53 12
CARVEDILOL 117 52 54 22
OXYCODONE HCL 115 0 S2 55 62
ENDOCET 111 0 S2 56 340
ABILIFY 108 14 57 174
LIDODERM 104 29 58 72
AMOXICILLIN 103 26 59 116
DIGOXIN 100 40 60 67
SUBOXONE 99 0 61 160
ALLOPURINOL 98 53 62 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 56 63 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 20 63 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 25 65 13
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 93 0 S2 65 159
SEROQUEL 91 0 67 153
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 91 16 67 132
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 80 69 24
QVAR 87 0 70 234
SPIRIVA 82 23 71 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 15 72 26
INSULIN SYRINGE 75 0 73 97
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 30 74 63
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 24 74 125
OPANA ER 73 0 S2 76 172
SEROQUEL XR 73 0 76 294
PAROXETINE HCL 73 31 76 69
ATROVENT HFA 72 11 79 292
GLYBURIDE 69 21 R 80 74
LOVASTATIN 69 12 80 33
LANTUS 69 0 80 40
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 17 83 129
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 24 84 35
FLUCONAZOLE 64 0 85 198
KLOR-CON M20 63 44 86 73
HYDROCORTISONE 62 0 87 156
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 0 87 102
SYMBICORT 59 0 89 107
JANUVIA 59 11 89 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 0 91 81
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 30 91 65
FAMOTIDINE 57 12 93 71
NAMENDA 57 57 93 37
RISPERIDONE 55 25 95 68
CRESTOR 55 21 95 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 0 95 113
ZETIA 55 18 95 84
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 11 R 95 101
LEVETIRACETAM 54 0 100 87
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 38 R 100 175
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 54 14 100 291
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 14 103 60
PREMARIN 52 0 R 103 229
NYSTATIN 52 0 103 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 12 R 106 208
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.