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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,178Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 2035

$1.88M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 2035

828 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

4% of this provider’s 828 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 828 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 29,823 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% 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 $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,170 1,038 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,056 934 2 5
LISINOPRIL 1,023 884 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 735 679 4 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 687 669 5 27
METFORMIN HCL 677 591 6 9
FUROSEMIDE 663 609 7 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 609 547 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 575 485 9 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 531 308 S3 10 2
RANITIDINE HCL 504 443 11 28
CLOPIDOGREL 480 416 12 30
ATENOLOL 472 426 13 10
LIDODERM 423 403 14 72
CARVEDILOL 407 339 15 22
GABAPENTIN 400 307 16 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 399 389 17 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 393 369 18 55
ALLOPURINOL 372 328 19 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 353 320 20 15
MELOXICAM 345 337 21 56
NEXIUM 343 302 22 51
PLAVIX 339 320 23 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 334 287 24 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 332 309 25 13
CRESTOR 330 317 26 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 324 268 27 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 304 303 28 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 304 287 28 78
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 297 282 30 26
AMMONIUM LACTATE 297 268 30 155
IBUPROFEN 294 244 32 43
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 284 274 33 123
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 283 260 34 16
CELEBREX 281 269 35 104
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 273 246 36 32
DIOVAN 258 258 37 76
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 252 216 38 18
SERTRALINE HCL 241 228 39 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 241 212 39 29
LOVASTATIN 232 218 41 33
MECLIZINE HCL 231 224 42 147
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 225 142 R 43 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 223 197 44 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 208 45 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 192 45 12
MEGESTROL ACETATE 210 210 R 47 175
PROAIR HFA 208 149 48 31
JANUMET 206 182 49 221
PROMETHAZINE HCL 202 181 R 50 106
JANUVIA 200 176 51 85
ADVAIR DISKUS 197 147 52 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 192 190 53 48
FAMOTIDINE 190 169 54 71
AZITHROMYCIN 187 154 55 39
DIOVAN HCT 186 166 56 126
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 184 183 57 35
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 182 168 58 262
SPIRIVA 174 142 59 44
DIGOXIN 166 153 60 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 165 113 61 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 160 115 62 45
COMBIVENT 160 155 62 154
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 157 131 64 17
NAPROXEN 148 138 65 92
SINGLE USE SWAB 146 116 66 163
NITROSTAT 146 121 66 167
SINGULAIR 144 134 68 119
TRAMADOL HCL 141 100 69 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 140 128 70 63
KETOCONAZOLE 138 127 71 215
AMOXICILLIN 134 104 72 116
VOLTAREN 129 115 73 141
EVISTA 126 126 74 136
ACTOS 125 117 75 124
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 122 111 76 129
GLIPIZIDE 120 108 77 54
LYRICA 120 106 77 89
PROPRANOLOL HCL 119 104 79 161
VERAPAMIL ER 118 99 80 115
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 116 106 81 191
DICYCLOMINE HCL 116 101 81 212
PROCTOSOL-HC 114 108 83 222
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 113 97 S3 84 52
PROCTOZONE-HC 112 112 85 281
ZETIA 111 84 86 84
FENOFIBRATE 111 72 86 82
NYSTATIN 110 99 88 103
ATELVIA 109 101 89 164
RISPERIDONE 106 65 90 68
CALCITRIOL 102 98 91 188
TRILIPIX 100 84 92 244
PATANOL 100 95 92 233
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 100 92 88
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 98 66 95 111
CYMBALTA 97 87 96 59
GLYBURIDE 96 96 R 97 74
TRICOR 96 95 97 120
LANTUS 93 79 99 40
AVODART 88 88 100 225
PAROXETINE HCL 87 52 101 69
BUMETANIDE 87 67 101 79
LACTULOSE 83 71 103 96
LIPITOR 83 78 103 134
NAMENDA 82 82 105 37
LIDOCAINE 80 79 106 206
LOVAZA 79 68 107 137
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 67 R 108 101
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 46 108 66
CEFDINIR 77 71 110 337
PREDNISONE 77 59 110 36
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 72 110 187
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 21 113 81
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 59 113 125
ASMANEX 70 58 115 380
BYSTOLIC 69 69 116 108
QVAR 69 65 116 234
BUPROPION HCL SR 67 50 118 202
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 66 66 119 117
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 66 55 119 255
FLUOROMETHOLONE 65 65 121 429
VESICARE 65 62 121 209
NIFEDIPINE ER 65 47 121 98
CARTIA XT 64 49 124 315
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 51 125 70
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 55 126 99
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 61 126 144
PRADAXA 61 61 128 242
NYSTOP 60 51 129 150
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 55 130 142
ALCOHOL SWABS 59 53 130 182
DETROL LA 58 55 132 237
FENTANYL 58 36 S2 132 53
VENTOLIN HFA 58 45 132 80
RAMIPRIL 56 56 135 135
CEPHALEXIN 55 39 136 91
SURE COMFORT 55 47 136 243
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 53 138 102
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 39 139 118
PRANDIN 53 47 139 303
MIRTAZAPINE 53 43 139 46
CILOSTAZOL 52 46 142 194
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 39 142 113
DEXILANT 51 45 144 278
COLCRYS 51 41 144 186
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 32 144 176
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 May 21, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.