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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,505Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 2035

$676K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 153 out of 2035

267 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

6% of this provider’s 267 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 267 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 6,775 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 677 280 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 636 389 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 418 229 3 8
FUROSEMIDE 391 258 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 323 169 5 5
LISINOPRIL 268 172 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 262 139 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 213 182 8 6
IBUPROFEN 188 74 9 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 109 10 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 157 87 11 4
AZITHROMYCIN 156 61 12 39
GLYBURIDE 151 99 R 13 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 121 14 15
TRAMADOL HCL 145 97 15 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 137 105 16 45
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 134 102 S3 17 52
ZETIA 134 105 17 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 82 19 21
SPIRIVA 119 66 20 44
CLOPIDOGREL 115 103 21 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 115 47 R 21 64
SINGULAIR 114 73 23 119
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 87 24 42
CILOSTAZOL 109 108 25 194
RANITIDINE HCL 105 41 26 28
CARVEDILOL 102 64 27 22
PROAIR HFA 100 48 28 31
TRADJENTA 93 62 29 403
AMOXICILLIN 91 30 30 116
VOLTAREN 88 60 31 141
GABAPENTIN 85 44 32 14
ATENOLOL 83 48 33 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 52 34 12
COMBIVENT 80 25 35 154
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 72 35 88
PLAVIX 79 71 37 49
JANUVIA 76 35 38 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 76 45 38 143
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 57 38 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 49 41 32
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 32 42 60
BYSTOLIC 69 52 43 108
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 68 44 44 187
METOLAZONE 66 37 45 162
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 35 45 38
GLIPIZIDE 66 40 45 54
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 64 22 48 263
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 47 48 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 63 56 50 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 35 51 27
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 38 52 118
NEXIUM 58 34 53 51
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 57 25 10 54 451
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 22 55 81
MELOXICAM 56 38 55 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 48 57 16
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 32 57 98
LOVASTATIN 55 33 57 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 55 39 57 11
CHLORTHALIDONE 54 41 61 145
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 38 61 63
ALLOPURINOL 51 38 63 34
SERTRALINE HCL 51 29 63 23
KLOR-CON 10 50 28 65 193
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 Nov. 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.