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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,865Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 103

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 103

766 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

20% of this provider’s 766 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 766 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,798 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 Michigan
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,475 463 S3 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 545 250 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 432 194 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 427 282 4 6
LISINOPRIL 407 176 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 383 221 6 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 355 62 S2 7 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 312 180 8 12
TRAMADOL HCL 293 99 9 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 246 132 10 8
GABAPENTIN 191 56 11 13
AZITHROMYCIN 188 91 12 61
CARISOPRODOL 187 0 R 13 94
FENTANYL 186 59 S2 14 48
RANITIDINE HCL 186 61 14 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 183 75 16 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 179 55 17 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 175 91 18 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 174 72 19 32
SERTRALINE HCL 172 73 20 18
PROAIR HFA 169 31 21 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 160 105 22 9
METFORMIN HCL 159 83 23 14
ATENOLOL 157 61 24 19
ENDOCET 151 0 S2 25 187
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 141 25 R 26 92
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 140 68 27 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 139 62 28 43
LANTUS 136 101 29 29
PAROXETINE HCL 135 33 30 74
CYMBALTA 132 47 31 56
IBUPROFEN 127 27 32 75
MORPHINE SULFATE 124 28 S2 33 139
NEXIUM 123 23 34 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 119 85 35 26
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 115 46 36 135
METHADONE HCL 109 0 S2 37 106
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 108 26 S2 38 160
TRAZODONE HCL 108 13 38 39
OXYCODONE HCL 107 39 S2 40 53
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 14 S2 41 170
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 69 42 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 96 43 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 19 43 15
GLIPIZIDE 102 68 43 40
SPIRIVA 101 41 46 51
ROPINIROLE HCL 96 32 47 91
TIZANIDINE HCL 94 0 48 212
PREDNISONE 91 46 49 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 27 50 113
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 33 51 58
GEMFIBROZIL 82 16 52 145
MELOXICAM 82 34 52 79
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 81 43 54 146
CARVEDILOL 80 52 55 22
CLOPIDOGREL 79 52 56 28
TOPIRAMATE 79 0 56 142
NAPROXEN 78 24 58 82
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 78 23 58 122
BUMETANIDE 77 36 60 54
FAMOTIDINE 76 33 61 42
LOVASTATIN 75 22 62 55
ALLOPURINOL 73 53 63 36
CEPHALEXIN 70 37 64 77
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 34 65 100
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 12 66 112
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 33 67 173
PROMETHAZINE HCL 63 19 R 68 240
PLAVIX 63 41 68 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 41 68 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 62 0 71 45
KLOR-CON M20 61 32 72 73
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60 50 73 17
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 0 R 74 197
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 12 75 90
VANCOMYCIN HCL 54 0 76 253
DIGOXIN 54 54 76 49
COMBIVENT 54 25 76 253
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 15 79 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 14 S2 79 171
VENTOLIN HFA 52 11 79 81
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 35 S3 82 52
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 18 82 104
FLUCONAZOLE 51 17 82 209
SINGULAIR 51 24 82 124
VESICARE 51 16 82 260
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 14 R 87 265
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 Oct. 21, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.