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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,968Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 326

$552K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 326

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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

3% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,415 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 391 381 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 364 346 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 278 265 3 5
ATENOLOL 271 262 4 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 243 217 S3 5 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 242 233 6 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 204 191 7 10
LISINOPRIL 203 186 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 177 143 9 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 170 9 8
FUROSEMIDE 172 159 11 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 122 12 9
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 123 120 13 72
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 118 14 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 112 15 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 117 16 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 117 111 16 89
GABAPENTIN 116 111 18 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 111 19 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 97 20 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 96 96 21 41
ALLOPURINOL 86 81 22 44
LOVASTATIN 81 67 23 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 77 23 24
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 73 70 S3 25 96
ZETIA 73 71 25 87
PREDNISONE 68 58 27 18
GLYBURIDE 62 53 R 28 117
JANTOVEN 62 57 28 179
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 60 30 66
PAROXETINE HCL 60 51 30 126
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 56 32 19
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 51 33 213
DIGOXIN 50 43 34 45
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.