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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,957Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 232 out of 944

$399K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 338 out of 944

356 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

10% of this provider’s 356 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 356 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 7,601 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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 $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 398 353 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 352 294 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 316 265 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 290 256 4 6
LISINOPRIL 284 249 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 257 229 6 8
TRAMADOL HCL 255 185 7 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247 217 8 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 212 174 S3 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 200 195 10 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 173 11 7
METFORMIN HCL 172 147 12 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 168 146 13 19
ATENOLOL 166 136 14 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 156 15 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 112 16 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 100 17 25
PAROXETINE HCL 132 110 18 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 123 19 14
GABAPENTIN 105 82 20 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 85 20 31
MELOXICAM 103 92 22 68
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 95 80 23 137
PREDNISONE 93 82 24 32
NEXIUM 85 53 25 53
LOVASTATIN 85 77 25 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 60 27 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 70 28 41
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 73 29 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 58 30 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 31 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 62 32 52
RANITIDINE HCL 57 56 33 42
ALLOPURINOL 57 56 33 22
GLYBURIDE 56 56 R 35 63
VENTOLIN HFA 56 40 35 116
CELEBREX 55 32 37 110
TRAZODONE HCL 54 51 38 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 52 39 20
CARVEDILOL 50 49 40 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 40 44
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 15, 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.