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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,782Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 467 out of 944

$340K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 426 out of 944

308 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

5% of this provider’s 308 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 308 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,296 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 341 337 1 5
LISINOPRIL 236 215 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 231 210 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 155 4 13
LOVASTATIN 163 150 5 26
SIMVASTATIN 143 139 6 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 136 7 14
OMEPRAZOLE 135 128 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 123 112 9 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 121 121 10 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 106 11 29
DIOVAN 99 99 12 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 92 13 19
ATENOLOL 96 96 14 11
TRAMADOL HCL 92 76 15 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 70 S3 16 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 75 17 9
FUROSEMIDE 84 81 18 6
ALLOPURINOL 74 66 19 22
CLOPIDOGREL 73 72 20 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 66 21 17
CLONIDINE HCL 70 60 22 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 65 23 66
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 61 24 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 57 25 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 60 25 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 33 27 25
DIOVAN HCT 56 53 28 108
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 37 29 34
PLAVIX 52 51 30 55
SERTRALINE HCL 51 50 31 23
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. 28, 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.