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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,966Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 2035

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 2035

458 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

19% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 23,923 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,480 1,389 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,163 1,106 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 980 920 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 839 798 4 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 751 728 5 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 654 642 6 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 635 611 7 8
ATENOLOL 606 602 8 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 584 515 9 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 582 565 10 6
FUROSEMIDE 553 519 11 7
RANITIDINE HCL 497 489 12 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 435 420 13 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 394 381 14 25
NEXIUM 300 294 15 51
LIPITOR 283 278 16 134
ZETIA 271 236 17 84
CLOPIDOGREL 264 244 18 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 261 258 19 15
AZITHROMYCIN 258 237 20 39
METFORMIN HCL ER 257 257 21 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 256 255 22 32
ALLOPURINOL 250 237 23 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 247 247 24 35
ACTOS 243 243 25 124
SINGLE USE SWAB 239 226 26 163
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 233 228 S3 27 2
LOVASTATIN 229 225 28 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 210 29 12
PLAVIX 220 207 30 49
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 207 31 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 216 187 32 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 214 210 33 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 213 208 34 45
IBUPROFEN 210 193 35 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 209 196 36 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 196 194 37 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 195 177 38 18
PROMETHAZINE HCL 194 174 R 39 106
LIDODERM 194 194 39 72
GABAPENTIN 183 162 41 14
JANUVIA 181 169 42 85
CRESTOR 174 173 43 41
DIOVAN 173 173 44 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 165 165 45 24
PROAIR HFA 157 153 46 31
CLONIDINE HCL 152 152 47 61
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 149 48 11
PROCTOSOL-HC 130 123 10 49 222
CARVEDILOL 130 129 49 22
TRICOR 129 118 51 120
MELOXICAM 129 124 51 56
ALCOHOL SWABS 128 128 53 182
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 122 120 54 123
MECLIZINE HCL 118 117 55 147
DIOVAN HCT 112 112 56 126
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 101 57 47
VOLTAREN 105 104 58 141
SINGULAIR 104 96 59 119
GLYBURIDE 102 102 R 60 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 102 60 122
SPIRIVA 101 97 62 44
DIGOXIN 99 99 63 67
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 96 96 R 64 247
GLIPIZIDE ER 94 94 65 131
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 93 66 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 91 67 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 88 67 29
FENOFIBRATE 88 88 69 82
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 87 82 70 187
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 79 R 71 101
ACARBOSE 77 77 72 330
PEN NEEDLE 75 72 73 100
AMMONIUM LACTATE 73 73 74 155
CILOSTAZOL 73 73 74 194
VENTOLIN HFA 72 55 76 80
HYDROCORTISONE 70 70 77 156
PROCTOZONE-HC 67 66 78 281
KLOR-CON 10 66 66 79 193
SERTRALINE HCL 64 64 80 23
NITROSTAT 63 63 81 167
AMIODARONE HCL 62 62 82 171
LYRICA 61 49 83 89
PREDNISONE 61 59 83 36
TRAMADOL HCL 60 60 85 19
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 59 59 R 86 139
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 58 86 66
AMOXICILLIN 58 55 88 116
NIASPAN 56 56 89 165
PAROXETINE HCL 55 55 90 69
DETROL LA 53 53 91 237
COLCRYS 53 53 91 186
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 50 91 17
LEVOFLOXACIN 52 47 94 99
CELEBREX 51 51 95 104
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 51 95 142
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 50 97 149
VERAPAMIL ER 50 37 97 115
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.