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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,156Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 2035

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 2035

708 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

14% of this provider’s 708 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 708 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 28,599 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,612 1,570 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,320 1,266 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,134 1,000 S3 3 2
LISINOPRIL 1,062 983 4 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 975 958 5 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 943 914 6 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 923 868 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 802 747 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 673 652 9 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 647 605 10 8
GABAPENTIN 563 510 11 14
SERTRALINE HCL 551 526 12 23
TRAMADOL HCL 549 498 13 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 482 447 14 6
ATENOLOL 469 435 15 10
FENTANYL 456 420 S2 16 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 455 375 17 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 422 416 18 77
LACTULOSE 414 377 19 96
NAMENDA 396 384 20 37
CYMBALTA 347 293 21 59
NOVOLIN N 345 307 10 22 256
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 311 291 23 75
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 306 294 24 94
RISPERIDONE 302 290 25 68
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 292 291 26 117
MIRTAZAPINE 291 290 27 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 285 224 28 70
CARVEDILOL 267 237 29 22
NYSTOP 261 238 30 150
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 257 255 31 16
RAMIPRIL 256 239 32 135
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 238 216 33 130
CLOPIDOGREL 238 229 33 30
NYSTATIN 229 216 35 103
PREDNISONE 222 222 36 36
TRAZODONE HCL 199 188 37 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 187 178 38 32
METFORMIN HCL 185 157 39 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 178 166 40 99
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 175 156 41 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 158 42 12
PLAVIX 166 163 43 49
RANITIDINE HCL 166 148 43 28
GLIPIZIDE 163 160 45 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 162 150 46 122
OLANZAPINE 161 147 47 121
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 161 157 47 90
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 110 49 25
FAMOTIDINE 158 147 50 71
NOVOLIN 70-30 156 120 51 178
KLOR-CON M20 155 147 52 73
DIGOXIN 154 154 53 67
SIMVASTATIN 138 91 54 1
ALLOPURINOL 131 131 55 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 118 89 56 45
CEPHALEXIN 118 107 56 91
SPIRIVA 117 108 58 44
LANTUS 117 112 58 40
LATANOPROST 115 99 60 177
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 108 61 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 112 108 62 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 106 63 15
CHOLESTYRAMINE 108 102 63 298
ENULOSE 107 102 65 230
TRAVATAN Z 107 107 65 199
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 93 67 42
SEROQUEL 104 81 68 153
LEXAPRO 102 102 69 260
LAMOTRIGINE 98 63 70 203
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 95 71 26
VERAPAMIL ER 95 84 72 115
PAROXETINE HCL 93 71 73 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 90 74 65
TIMOLOL MALEATE 89 89 75 319
CLONIDINE HCL 89 77 75 61
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 88 81 S2 77 86
LEVETIRACETAM 88 88 77 87
BACLOFEN 87 73 79 112
LIDOCAINE HCL 81 77 80 205
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 74 81 29
NOVOLOG 79 67 81 95
MORPHINE SULFATE 79 75 S2 81 183
CEFUROXIME 77 70 84 257
FINASTERIDE 76 76 85 105
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 76 85 142
VENLAFAXINE HCL 76 74 85 265
HYDROCORTISONE 76 71 85 156
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 69 89 113
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 61 89 81
METHADONE HCL 74 70 S2 91 93
OXYCONTIN 74 69 S2 91 152
BUPROPION HCL SR 71 63 93 202
RESTASIS 70 65 94 384
GENERLAC 69 62 95 180
LYRICA 62 60 96 89
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 60 97 129
LEVEMIR 60 43 98 236
CARBAMAZEPINE 60 48 98 228
BUMETANIDE 59 59 100 79
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 57 101 55
DETROL LA 57 56 101 237
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 54 101 110
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 49 104 63
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 50 105 123
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 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.