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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,373Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 944

$785K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 944

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

12% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 401 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 11,918 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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 $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
FUROSEMIDE 632 553 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 555 462 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 523 399 3 2
NAMENDA 487 471 4 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 486 459 5 19
LISINOPRIL 439 389 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 358 346 7 24
OMEPRAZOLE 353 293 8 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 325 271 9 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 285 227 S3 10 10
MIRTAZAPINE 250 233 11 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 216 205 12 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 198 13 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 194 156 14 69
TRAMADOL HCL 192 164 15 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 182 161 16 8
METFORMIN HCL 164 96 17 12
RISPERIDONE 154 117 18 78
LIDODERM 148 133 19 73
SERTRALINE HCL 146 137 20 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 127 21 9
ATENOLOL 143 126 22 11
CARVEDILOL 138 123 23 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 126 24 14
FAMOTIDINE 132 99 25 74
LOPERAMIDE 132 122 25 211
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 128 115 27 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 126 109 28 85
GABAPENTIN 123 79 29 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 112 30 13
PREDNISONE 118 113 31 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 109 71 32 84
TRAZODONE HCL 108 59 33 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 81 34 25
DIGOXIN 101 86 35 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 98 53 36 170
NEXIUM 98 79 36 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 88 38 20
SEROQUEL 86 61 39 142
OLANZAPINE 83 69 40 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 72 41 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 65 41 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 81 58 43 61
CYMBALTA 78 51 44 75
PAROXETINE HCL 78 47 44 64
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 60 46 153
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 45 46 47
FENTANYL 76 59 S2 48 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 60 49 98
LEVETIRACETAM 69 44 50 97
CLOPIDOGREL 67 67 51 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 58 51 48
CLONIDINE HCL 66 54 53 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 66 53 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 55 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 53 55 44
GLIPIZIDE 64 64 57 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 58 77
NYSTATIN 62 46 59 134
MIDODRINE HCL 62 62 59 208
VESICARE 62 56 59 138
FENOFIBRATE 62 55 59 58
PLAVIX 62 57 59 55
ABILIFY 61 56 64 166
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 59 56 R 65 198
BUMETANIDE 57 44 66 104
DIOVAN 54 27 67 38
DETROL LA 53 43 68 159
ALLOPURINOL 53 42 68 22
GALANTAMINE HBR 51 51 70 219
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 38 70 105
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 38 70 102
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 46 73 90
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 Oct. 13, 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.