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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,521Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 2035

$1.68M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 2035

855 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 855 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 855 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 22,116 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,400 682 S3 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,015 868 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 952 866 3 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 852 744 4 11
CARVEDILOL 764 555 5 22
OMEPRAZOLE 712 415 6 5
LISINOPRIL 635 431 7 3
LANTUS 634 499 8 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 619 536 9 48
SIMVASTATIN 531 397 10 1
NYSTATIN 504 485 11 103
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 494 337 12 6
GABAPENTIN 459 269 13 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 406 373 14 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 365 269 15 20
TRAMADOL HCL 360 255 16 19
SERTRALINE HCL 354 313 17 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 347 279 18 8
NOVOLOG 340 263 19 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 329 316 20 24
HYDRALAZINE HCL 320 245 21 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 320 275 21 32
RAMIPRIL 318 304 23 135
MIRTAZAPINE 280 238 24 46
CLONIDINE HCL 274 128 25 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 272 187 26 66
CLOPIDOGREL 271 204 27 30
FAMOTIDINE 269 200 28 71
ATENOLOL 266 190 29 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 260 163 30 60
CYMBALTA 257 141 31 59
RANITIDINE HCL 247 193 32 28
METFORMIN HCL 234 104 33 9
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 229 217 34 94
PREDNISONE 226 188 35 36
ALLOPURINOL 222 186 36 34
LYRICA 208 111 37 89
TRAZODONE HCL 206 135 38 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 197 143 39 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 189 166 40 17
PEN NEEDLE 183 96 41 100
PROAIR HFA 176 61 42 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 117 43 16
RISPERIDONE 172 145 44 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 88 45 12
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 164 142 46 90
PLAVIX 164 118 46 49
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 156 117 48 123
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 156 22 R 48 64
LOVASTATIN 155 98 50 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 152 82 51 13
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 149 136 52 117
FENTANYL 148 90 S2 53 53
SPIRIVA 147 121 54 44
NAMENDA 140 140 55 37
HUMALOG 137 100 56 139
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135 125 57 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 134 99 58 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 131 110 59 142
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 107 60 42
DIOVAN 127 84 60 76
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 126 92 62 70
CRESTOR 125 56 63 41
METHADONE HCL 123 29 S2 64 93
LEVOFLOXACIN 122 91 65 99
AMOXICILLIN 122 76 65 116
TAMSULOSIN HCL 120 101 67 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 90 68 15
LIDOCAINE HCL 116 84 69 205
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 0 69 21
SINGULAIR 111 74 71 119
FLUOXETINE HCL 110 82 72 81
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 110 100 72 77
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 109 60 74 146
CEPHALEXIN 104 64 75 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 67 75 29
DIGOXIN 99 95 77 67
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 97 74 S2 78 159
PAROXETINE HCL 95 76 79 69
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 90 61 80 129
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 88 72 S2 81 86
LOPERAMIDE 86 60 82 270
OXYCONTIN 83 31 S2 83 152
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 81 60 84 279
LATANOPROST 80 72 85 177
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 68 85 122
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 80 79 85 272
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 80 35 85 102
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 79 43 89 133
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 61 89 63
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 78 49 91 125
KLOR-CON M20 78 77 91 73
SYMBICORT 78 50 91 107
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 28 R 94 106
LEVETIRACETAM 77 66 94 87
AMIODARONE HCL 77 74 94 171
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 29 97 130
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 72 57 98 168
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 27 99 26
BACLOFEN 71 12 99 112
LACTULOSE 69 46 101 96
CELEBREX 69 53 101 104
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 49 103 132
NEXIUM 67 33 104 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 49 104 65
METOLAZONE 65 59 106 162
OXYCODONE HCL 65 28 S2 106 62
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 64 39 108 210
VENTOLIN HFA 64 33 108 80
VENLAFAXINE HCL 63 37 110 265
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 63 51 110 393
VERAPAMIL ER 63 51 110 115
AZITHROMYCIN 63 39 110 39
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 44 114 161
OLANZAPINE 62 57 114 121
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 61 58 116 148
CARBAMAZEPINE 60 50 117 228
VESICARE 60 60 117 209
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 43 119 55
HYDROCORTISONE 59 45 119 156
MORPHINE SULFATE 59 38 S2 119 183
TORSEMIDE 58 56 122 157
FINASTERIDE 57 43 123 105
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 34 123 187
ONDANSETRON HCL 56 42 125 342
GEMFIBROZIL 56 32 125 114
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 26 125 118
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 31 128 144
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 42 129 110
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 38 129 176
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 48 129 113
CLONIDINE 51 38 132 277
ABILIFY 51 46 132 174
NYSTOP 50 35 134 150
SEROQUEL 50 34 134 153
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 March 25, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.