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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,755Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 116 out of 2035

$714K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 134 out of 2035

331 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

11% of this provider’s 331 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 331 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 6,156 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 543 177 S3 1 2
LISINOPRIL 440 251 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 375 217 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 328 208 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 312 174 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 285 176 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 268 135 7 5
PROAIR HFA 219 104 8 31
TRAMADOL HCL 178 122 9 19
SPIRIVA 177 82 10 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 171 100 11 38
METFORMIN HCL 165 77 12 9
NAPROXEN 164 71 13 92
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164 112 13 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 163 100 15 45
RANITIDINE HCL 156 77 16 28
GABAPENTIN 150 63 17 14
LANTUS 147 63 18 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 68 19 32
CARISOPRODOL 124 60 R 20 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 124 39 20 11
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 117 104 S3 22 52
HEPARIN SODIUM 116 77 23 227
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 57 24 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 113 72 25 4
ATENOLOL 103 65 26 10
CARVEDILOL 97 59 27 22
CLOPIDOGREL 94 58 28 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 52 29 13
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 88 55 30 90
VENTOLIN HFA 86 33 31 80
AMMONIUM LACTATE 82 33 32 155
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 71 33 24
LEVETIRACETAM 80 45 34 87
IBUPROFEN 80 34 34 43
CYMBALTA 80 49 34 59
CLONIDINE HCL 78 34 37 61
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 46 37 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 77 38 39 20
NYSTOP 75 21 40 150
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 16 R 41 64
DESOXIMETASONE 74 24 41 312
PLAVIX 70 49 43 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 13 43 97
LIDODERM 67 45 45 72
SYMBICORT 66 23 46 107
HUMALOG 66 40 46 139
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 65 43 48 148
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 16 49 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 22 50 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 44 51 63
PREDNISONE 61 28 51 36
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 13 53 118
TRAZODONE HCL 60 42 53 50
RISPERIDONE 58 42 55 68
SERTRALINE HCL 56 16 56 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 33 57 29
NOVOLOG 55 26 57 95
MIRTAZAPINE 54 25 59 46
NEXIUM 53 23 60 51
COMBIVENT 53 29 60 154
ALLOPURINOL 53 34 60 34
DIGOXIN 52 28 63 67
PENTOXIFYLLINE 52 34 63 285
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 29 65 98
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 Aug. 6, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.