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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,126Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 944

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 944

579 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

13% of this provider’s 579 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 579 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 23,815 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,325 1,168 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 1,053 973 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,049 1,006 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 793 761 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 742 699 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 723 670 6 4
NAMENDA 628 619 7 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 595 565 8 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 584 566 S3 9 10
MIRTAZAPINE 535 501 10 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 464 456 11 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 461 441 12 19
METFORMIN HCL 457 378 13 12
LISINOPRIL 443 417 14 3
TRAMADOL HCL 411 383 15 21
GABAPENTIN 374 331 16 18
CLOPIDOGREL 360 346 17 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 285 268 18 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 277 257 19 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 232 167 20 98
ALLOPURINOL 227 212 21 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 225 202 22 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 225 180 22 85
RISPERIDONE 214 184 24 78
ATENOLOL 211 199 25 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 208 200 26 77
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 207 180 27 16
KLOR-CON M20 205 202 28 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 205 203 28 41
TRAZODONE HCL 204 174 30 45
JANUVIA 200 175 31 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 197 193 32 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196 147 33 17
OXYCONTIN 195 189 S2 34 92
LIDODERM 191 187 35 73
PLAVIX 190 174 36 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 181 153 37 31
SERTRALINE HCL 180 154 38 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 180 172 38 34
CLONIDINE HCL 168 145 40 67
DIGOXIN 162 157 41 39
LANTUS 162 146 41 46
CARVEDILOL 161 161 43 30
FAMOTIDINE 156 134 44 74
RANITIDINE HCL 151 121 45 42
CYMBALTA 149 129 46 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 148 47 14
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 143 139 48 101
PREDNISONE 141 133 49 32
OXYCODONE HCL 139 112 S2 50 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 138 51 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 112 52 9
NOVOLOG 131 131 53 93
GLIMEPIRIDE 129 99 54 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 124 55 20
ROPINIROLE HCL 121 106 56 96
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 112 112 57 168
DIOVAN 108 102 58 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 101 98 59 102
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 98 60 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 89 61 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 89 62 54
LEVETIRACETAM 94 93 63 97
SPIRIVA 94 80 63 65
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 93 74 65 84
METOLAZONE 91 76 66 133
LYRICA 89 85 67 114
LEVEMIR 88 45 68 200
LACTULOSE 88 79 68 161
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 88 87 68 60
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 88 80 68 105
OLANZAPINE 86 76 72 125
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 78 73 87
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 82 74 124
LEVOFLOXACIN 79 70 75 117
CEFUROXIME 78 70 76 194
HUMALOG 76 54 77 109
SEROQUEL 75 74 78 142
ZETIA 72 63 79 59
ABILIFY 71 54 80 166
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 60 81 40
CEPHALEXIN 69 64 82 163
MELOXICAM 67 62 83 68
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 67 64 83 147
PAROXETINE HCL 66 59 85 64
LEXAPRO 66 49 85 229
ACTOS 66 45 85 128
NYSTOP 65 56 88 126
NYSTATIN 64 51 89 134
VESICARE 64 49 89 138
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 54 91 48
JANUMET 57 44 92 349
KLOR-CON M10 57 55 92 122
LAMOTRIGINE 55 53 94 150
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 33 94 94
LATANOPROST 55 55 94 202
FENOFIBRATE 55 49 94 58
TRAVATAN Z 54 54 98 197
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 99 44
PRIMIDONE 52 52 100 361
DIOVAN HCT 52 52 100 108
FENTANYL 51 45 S2 102 57
BYSTOLIC 51 46 102 123
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 39 S2 104 62
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. 19, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.