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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,584Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 101

$1.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 101

1,061 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 1,061 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,830 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$204 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $163 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 839 693 1 1
PEN NEEDLE 592 491 2 2
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 553 424 10 3 4
SYNTHROID 526 384 4 5
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 452 333 10 5 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 323 299 6 12
HUMALOG 292 265 7 10
LEVOXYL 265 213 8 19
SIMVASTATIN 254 211 9 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 248 202 10 14
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 241 214 11 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 237 198 12 7
LANTUS 225 189 13 6
METHIMAZOLE 217 172 14 16
METFORMIN HCL 210 173 15 3
NOVOLOG 144 102 16 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 90 17 22
JANUVIA 120 98 18 15
ANDROGEL 106 69 S3 19 82
FENOFIBRATE 103 75 20 52
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 103 59 20 54
CALCITRIOL 97 80 22 28
HYDROCORTISONE 90 47 23 47
CRESTOR 81 65 24 36
CABERGOLINE 78 32 10 25 70
ZETIA 76 55 26 65
LISINOPRIL 68 58 27 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 61 28 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 29 R 29 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 40 30 21
PRANDIN 50 42 31 61
PEN NEEDLES 50 29 10 31 128
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 Sept. 11, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.