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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,415Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 944

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 944

769 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

8% of this provider’s 769 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 769 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 16,024 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,152 929 1 1
LISINOPRIL 669 551 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 621 544 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 621 495 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 575 411 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 552 353 S3 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 536 444 7 6
ATENOLOL 471 422 8 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 451 366 9 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 440 365 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 437 353 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 413 330 12 15
GABAPENTIN 408 319 13 18
METFORMIN HCL 406 302 14 12
TRAMADOL HCL 392 260 15 21
SERTRALINE HCL 363 337 16 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 296 208 17 17
CARVEDILOL 273 247 18 30
BUMETANIDE 243 207 19 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 154 20 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 171 21 29
CRESTOR 210 171 22 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193 180 23 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 189 135 24 31
PREDNISONE 185 167 25 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 184 149 26 20
ALLOPURINOL 181 147 27 22
MIRTAZAPINE 175 163 28 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 173 127 29 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 163 29 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 119 31 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 165 146 32 47
MELOXICAM 159 118 33 68
NEXIUM 155 54 34 53
DIGOXIN 153 107 35 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 122 36 34
PROAIR HFA 139 79 37 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 85 38 40
DIOVAN 122 110 39 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 98 40 24
GEMFIBROZIL 118 110 40 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 118 82 40 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 107 43 27
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 108 66 S2 44 80
GLIPIZIDE 107 84 45 51
CYMBALTA 105 74 46 75
CLOPIDOGREL 103 94 47 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 103 81 47 43
TRAZODONE HCL 101 50 49 45
RANITIDINE HCL 99 85 50 42
LANTUS 98 70 51 46
JANUVIA 97 63 52 81
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 96 54 53 106
ZETIA 95 73 54 59
FENOFIBRATE 93 43 55 58
NAMENDA 90 90 56 37
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 88 55 57 61
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 86 77 58 101
LOVASTATIN 84 70 59 26
NIASPAN 83 30 60 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 41 60 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 60 R 62 79
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 56 62 60
PAROXETINE HCL 80 23 64 64
FENTANYL 77 66 S2 65 57
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 46 S3 65 95
VYTORIN 77 77 65 182
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 71 68 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 75 42 68 102
SPIRIVA 75 40 68 65
PLAVIX 72 65 71 55
PEN NEEDLE 70 44 72 100
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 37 72 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 53 74 90
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 65 75 66
HUMALOG 64 58 76 109
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 44 S2 77 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 38 77 69
RISPERIDONE 62 16 79 78
DICYCLOMINE HCL 62 22 79 269
KLOR-CON M20 61 38 81 71
OXYCONTIN 60 0 S2 82 92
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 43 83 103
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 56 46 84 204
FLOVENT HFA 55 33 85 152
DIOVAN HCT 55 30 85 108
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 45 87 179
ACTOS 54 37 87 128
BACLOFEN 53 22 89 111
IBUPROFEN 53 23 89 140
NAPROXEN 52 45 91 113
CELEBREX 52 38 91 110
PREMARIN 50 39 R 93 183
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 July 30, 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.