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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,318Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 74 out of 944

$615K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 111 out of 944

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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 Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 329 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 10,877 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 674 645 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 602 581 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 510 452 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 499 431 4 4
LISINOPRIL 387 329 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 351 333 6 24
NAMENDA 285 263 7 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 252 230 S3 8 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 250 231 9 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 227 10 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 217 215 11 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 214 198 12 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 190 13 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 200 180 14 85
METFORMIN HCL 180 158 15 12
RANITIDINE HCL 159 124 16 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154 154 17 14
SERTRALINE HCL 151 116 18 23
TRAMADOL HCL 148 123 19 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127 99 20 41
OLANZAPINE 127 101 20 125
MIRTAZAPINE 112 111 22 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 84 23 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 109 109 24 31
CLOPIDOGREL 107 98 25 36
RISPERIDONE 105 92 26 78
NYSTOP 102 84 27 126
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 89 28 16
GABAPENTIN 97 92 29 18
MELOXICAM 93 93 30 68
FENTANYL 91 78 S2 31 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 74 31 69
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 90 70 33 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 81 34 40
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 76 35 141
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 41 36 13
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 75 69 37 179
LIDODERM 74 63 38 73
CARVEDILOL 73 73 39 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 72 59 40 170
BACLOFEN 71 31 41 111
SPIRIVA 70 70 42 65
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 70 42 20
ALLOPURINOL 68 60 44 22
CYMBALTA 67 67 45 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 45 46 34
PAROXETINE HCL 64 59 47 64
PLAVIX 63 58 48 55
GALANTAMINE HBR 61 61 49 219
TRAZODONE HCL 60 46 50 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 57 50 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 59 52 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 47 53 61
LEVETIRACETAM 57 44 53 97
OLANZAPINE ODT 54 54 55 355
DIGOXIN 53 53 56 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 57 9
GEMFIBROZIL 52 36 57 72
DIOVAN 52 52 57 38
FINASTERIDE 52 52 57 83
CEFUROXIME 51 48 61 194
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 29 61 48
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 April 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.