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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,861Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 326

$394K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 326

308 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

15% of this provider’s 308 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 308 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,220 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 654 326 S3 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 306 240 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 293 207 3 5
PREDNISONE 233 174 4 18
FUROSEMIDE 210 164 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 176 137 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 160 112 7 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 87 8 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130 105 9 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 125 86 10 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 122 89 11 42
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 107 87 S3 12 96
MIRTAZAPINE 99 60 13 93
LISINOPRIL 92 59 14 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 75 15 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 90 66 16 8
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 87 75 17 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 39 17 11
GABAPENTIN 81 54 19 17
ATENOLOL 79 39 20 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 71 48 21 159
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 52 22 19
CARISOPRODOL 69 14 R 23 88
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 20 23 213
RANITIDINE HCL 65 34 25 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 32 25 89
IBUPROFEN 61 34 27 62
CYMBALTA 54 29 28 61
CLONIDINE HCL 52 27 29 74
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 34 30 77
INDOMETHACIN 51 27 R 30 350
FENTANYL 51 20 S2 30 47
CLOPIDOGREL 50 35 33 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 39 33 9
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 Jan. 12, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.