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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,939Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 944

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 944

723 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 723 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 723 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 13,269 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 772 517 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 677 520 2 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 586 523 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 532 467 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 444 365 5 6
LISINOPRIL 436 344 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 435 338 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 397 286 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 388 345 9 14
MELOXICAM 381 285 10 68
ATENOLOL 358 310 11 11
TRAMADOL HCL 358 241 11 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 332 250 13 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330 276 14 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 305 281 15 8
METFORMIN HCL 298 232 16 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 249 177 17 34
GABAPENTIN 215 92 18 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 186 19 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 214 181 19 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 208 138 S3 21 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 198 109 22 25
LOVASTATIN 195 165 23 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 174 24 54
SERTRALINE HCL 182 155 25 23
PREDNISONE 182 141 25 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 182 116 25 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 156 28 27
LANTUS 174 129 29 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 154 132 30 44
CRESTOR 142 99 31 28
NEXIUM 141 67 32 53
GLIPIZIDE 141 127 32 51
FINASTERIDE 135 133 34 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 119 35 20
CARVEDILOL 127 109 36 30
GLIPIZIDE ER 126 93 37 89
FLUOXETINE HCL 122 85 38 48
DIGOXIN 113 78 39 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 111 40 9
AZITHROMYCIN 111 67 40 70
BUPROPION HCL SR 105 23 42 181
ALLOPURINOL 104 88 43 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 60 R 44 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 64 45 31
CLOPIDOGREL 94 77 45 36
PROAIR HFA 93 47 47 56
FENTANYL 89 68 S2 48 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 88 86 49 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 87 36 50 84
HUMALOG 85 56 51 109
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 81 55 52 61
BUMETANIDE 78 72 53 104
TRAZODONE HCL 77 30 54 45
PLAVIX 75 59 55 55
CYMBALTA 74 27 56 75
SYMBICORT 68 67 57 178
CELEBREX 67 51 58 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 60 59 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 56 59 90
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 55 59 87
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 50 62 105
PEN NEEDLE 65 42 62 100
RANITIDINE HCL 64 50 64 42
BYSTOLIC 63 36 65 123
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 23 66 40
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 59 0 S2 67 279
LOVAZA 58 26 68 175
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 49 68 121
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 56 56 70 177
METHADONE HCL 55 17 S2 71 134
MIRTAZAPINE 54 29 72 35
DIOVAN 51 44 73 38
ABILIFY 51 35 73 166
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 19 R 73 86
METHOTREXATE 51 48 73 129
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 30, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.