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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,179Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 2035

$1.92M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 2035

768 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
40%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

43% of this provider’s 768 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

48% of this provider’s 768 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 7,703 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

$91 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,050 480 S3 1 2
CARISOPRODOL 1,355 156 R 2 57
SIMVASTATIN 716 403 3 1
METHADONE HCL 682 117 S2 4 93
OMEPRAZOLE 493 236 5 5
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 493 73 S2 5 159
CLONIDINE HCL 471 141 7 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 456 246 8 15
LISINOPRIL 388 117 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 360 161 10 9
GABAPENTIN 347 119 11 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 317 182 12 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 314 123 13 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 303 147 14 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 284 116 15 6
OXYCODONE HCL 230 33 S2 16 62
OPANA ER 229 34 S2 17 172
AZITHROMYCIN 219 77 18 39
SUBOXONE 192 31 19 160
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 91 20 8
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 35 S2 21 127
SERTRALINE HCL 178 50 21 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 177 108 23 42
PROAIR HFA 176 31 24 31
FUROSEMIDE 172 78 25 7
MELOXICAM 166 83 26 56
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 165 0 S2 27 218
NEXIUM 147 28 28 51
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 133 81 29 35
ALLOPURINOL 133 106 29 34
ATENOLOL 131 66 31 10
CLOPIDOGREL 130 86 32 30
LYRICA 130 71 32 89
CYMBALTA 126 0 34 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 34 35 12
FENTANYL 119 27 S2 36 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 116 70 37 20
PLAVIX 115 83 38 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 110 46 39 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 23 40 38
SYMBICORT 104 23 41 107
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 51 42 47
LIDODERM 92 20 43 72
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 89 43 44 60
JANUVIA 87 51 45 85
DIOVAN 86 57 46 76
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 31 46 99
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 20 48 70
CARVEDILOL 85 42 48 22
NABUMETONE 83 23 50 190
RANITIDINE HCL 81 29 51 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 32 52 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 33 52 65
LOVASTATIN 79 28 54 33
NAMENDA 78 78 55 37
PEN NEEDLE 77 0 56 100
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 13 S2 57 86
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 35 58 189
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 61 59 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 0 R 60 64
METHOTREXATE 67 22 60 197
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 21 60 132
PREMARIN 66 49 R 63 229
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 32 64 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 12 64 29
ACTOPLUS MET 63 18 66 338
ALPRAZOLAM 62 19 67 109
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 15 68 110
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 36 69 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 13 69 26
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 58 52 S3 71 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 16 71 130
IBUPROFEN 57 16 73 43
DIOVAN HCT 57 42 73 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 38 75 16
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 13 75 129
ESTRADIOL 53 39 R 77 293
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 32 77 113
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 0 77 98
CRESTOR 53 26 77 41
ONGLYZA 52 0 81 252
VALACYCLOVIR 51 26 82 478
BUPROPION XL 50 11 83 318
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 0 83 66
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 Nov. 21, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.