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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,785Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 944

$699K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 944

464 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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
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this specialty
in Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 464 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 464 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,672 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Wisconsin
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 579 543 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 447 441 2 7
LISINOPRIL 428 378 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 406 344 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 398 371 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 372 349 6 6
SERTRALINE HCL 343 326 7 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 334 312 8 41
TRAZODONE HCL 279 254 9 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 277 270 10 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 259 11 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 209 197 12 14
ATENOLOL 200 196 13 11
NAMENDA 198 198 14 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 194 169 S3 15 10
MIRTAZAPINE 182 163 16 35
GABAPENTIN 174 167 17 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 166 18 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 159 159 19 24
METFORMIN HCL 146 125 20 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143 143 21 16
CYMBALTA 142 89 22 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 132 130 23 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 132 117 23 19
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 130 112 25 85
KLOR-CON M20 125 120 26 71
PREDNISONE 121 117 27 32
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 120 101 28 102
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 108 105 29 147
TRAMADOL HCL 95 88 30 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 92 87 31 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 75 32 48
LOVASTATIN 85 82 33 26
GALANTAMINE HBR 84 84 34 219
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 69 35 44
RANITIDINE HCL 82 57 35 42
SPIRIVA 82 51 35 65
PAROXETINE HCL 82 82 35 64
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 79 39 96
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 70 39 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 73 41 90
RISPERIDONE 75 75 42 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 72 43 52
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 71 71 44 185
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 67 65 45 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 65 46 77
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 61 47 29
GEMFIBROZIL 63 61 48 72
GLIPIZIDE ER 62 62 49 89
LANTUS 61 61 50 46
OXYCONTIN 61 30 S2 50 92
NYSTATIN 60 49 52 134
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 54 52 141
DIGOXIN 59 57 54 39
AZITHROMYCIN 56 52 55 70
CLOZAPINE 56 56 55 273
ALLOPURINOL 55 55 57 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 52 57 84
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 55 57 33
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 53 60 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 40 61 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 49 62 31
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 May 1, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.