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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 2035

$714K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 2035

444 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

8% of this provider’s 444 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 444 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 11,069 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 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 521 480 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 407 335 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 380 323 3 1
LISINOPRIL 368 322 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 361 249 S3 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 323 269 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 245 235 7 6
TRAMADOL HCL 244 205 8 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 237 193 9 20
LOVASTATIN 209 203 10 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 196 11 16
GABAPENTIN 198 140 12 14
METFORMIN HCL 192 170 13 9
FENTANYL 184 174 S2 14 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 165 15 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 179 168 16 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 173 159 17 18
SERTRALINE HCL 144 116 18 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 141 127 19 99
ATENOLOL 141 121 19 10
ALLOPURINOL 135 128 21 34
MIRTAZAPINE 126 108 22 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 120 108 23 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 120 23 15
PREDNISONE 108 88 25 36
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 108 98 25 259
NAMENDA 105 101 27 37
PROAIR HFA 104 77 28 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 94 29 55
CARVEDILOL 100 65 30 22
PAROXETINE HCL 100 92 30 69
AZITHROMYCIN 93 78 32 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 80 33 17
ROPINIROLE HCL 90 81 34 113
GLIPIZIDE 89 89 35 54
TERAZOSIN HCL 87 87 36 149
JANTOVEN 84 65 37 138
FENOFIBRATE 84 84 37 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 82 39 42
CEPHALEXIN 81 70 40 91
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 79 40 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 80 42 13
RISPERIDONE 80 62 42 68
KLOR-CON M20 77 73 44 73
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 76 65 45 75
HYDRALAZINE HCL 72 72 46 45
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 65 46 176
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 51 48 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 61 48 63
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 70 61 50 129
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 48 51 65
BUMETANIDE 67 54 52 79
LIDODERM 66 66 53 72
GENERLAC 64 49 54 180
RANITIDINE HCL 63 59 55 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 57 55 11
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 60 60 57 438
SSD 57 57 58 451
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 56 59 196
KLOR-CON M10 54 46 60 158
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 44 61 60
MECLIZINE HCL 50 45 62 147
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 Sept. 30, 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.