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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,802Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 414 out of 2035

$455K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 371 out of 2035

223 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

13% of this provider’s 223 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 223 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,346 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

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 354 177 S3 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 314 194 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 181 133 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 159 94 4 1
PROAIR HFA 157 102 5 31
NEXIUM 140 105 6 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 101 7 8
LISINOPRIL 137 100 7 3
NIFEDIPINE ER 134 101 9 98
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 76 10 18
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 123 92 S3 11 52
CLONIDINE HCL 119 68 12 61
NAPROXEN 108 86 13 92
RANITIDINE HCL 107 82 14 28
GABAPENTIN 106 77 15 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 76 16 32
METFORMIN HCL 102 60 16 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 101 65 18 60
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 93 93 19 4
IBUPROFEN 90 34 20 43
OMEPRAZOLE 87 58 21 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 38 22 12
VENTOLIN HFA 76 46 23 80
BYSTOLIC 74 45 24 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 36 25 11
OXYCONTIN 70 60 S2 25 152
LIDODERM 61 27 27 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 35 28 21
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 21 28 132
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 23 30 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 24 31 29
OXYCODONE HCL 56 13 S2 32 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 44 32 38
LANTUS 53 48 34 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 34 24
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 July 9, 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.