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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,290Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 832 out of 2604

$338K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 556 out of 2604

163 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,560 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
COUMADIN 167 126 1 272
SIMVASTATIN 148 118 2 2
ADVAIR DISKUS 144 99 3 41
FUROSEMIDE 138 117 4 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 121 5 28
LISINOPRIL 120 116 6 3
NAMENDA 97 97 7 37
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 72 8 256
OMEPRAZOLE 91 71 8 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 64 10 18
SYMBICORT 82 67 11 105
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 65 12 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 57 13 9
MIRTAZAPINE 71 67 14 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 61 14 30
SEROQUEL 70 61 16 149
GABAPENTIN 62 42 17 12
LEVEMIR 61 53 18 171
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 57 39 19 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 56 56 20 4
METFORMIN HCL 53 53 21 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 50 48 22 6
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 March 10, 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.