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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,108Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 944

$743K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 944

604 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

12% of this provider’s 604 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 604 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 14,008 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 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
FUROSEMIDE 848 816 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 638 620 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 574 541 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 465 422 4 2
LISINOPRIL 439 420 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 386 364 6 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 362 345 7 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 324 319 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 322 304 9 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 279 254 10 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 278 274 11 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 239 202 S3 12 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 237 237 13 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 214 199 14 43
GABAPENTIN 168 141 15 18
MIRTAZAPINE 160 155 16 35
ATENOLOL 158 154 17 11
DIGOXIN 156 156 18 39
ALLOPURINOL 155 155 19 22
NAMENDA 148 124 20 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 126 21 27
RANITIDINE HCL 133 121 22 42
PREDNISONE 132 120 23 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 131 24 13
AZITHROMYCIN 123 119 25 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 120 26 16
VENTOLIN HFA 117 104 27 116
CLOPIDOGREL 111 109 28 36
TRAZODONE HCL 111 106 28 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 110 30 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 101 97 31 33
LOVASTATIN 98 88 32 26
OXYCODONE HCL 96 46 S2 33 50
DIOVAN 95 95 34 38
FENTANYL 94 93 S2 35 57
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 75 36 31
METFORMIN HCL 91 79 37 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 81 38 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 85 38 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 85 38 20
PLAVIX 81 81 41 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 81 41 14
CARVEDILOL 80 70 43 30
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 79 61 44 101
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 76 44 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 76 46 44
CRESTOR 75 75 47 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 71 48 48
FINASTERIDE 70 70 49 83
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 62 50 29
SERTRALINE HCL 67 63 51 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 61 52 34
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 49 53 105
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 62 54 87
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 61 54 141
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 49 54 69
BUMETANIDE 62 57 54 104
KLOR-CON 10 60 60 58 115
CLONIDINE HCL 60 46 58 67
AMIODARONE HCL 59 59 60 173
NITROSTAT 59 58 60 145
LIDODERM 57 57 62 73
PEN NEEDLE 56 56 63 100
AMOXICILLIN 56 50 63 171
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 53 S2 63 62
PAROXETINE HCL 55 54 66 64
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 54 67 49
TRAMADOL HCL 54 46 67 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 53 69 98
NAPROXEN 52 37 70 113
CEPHALEXIN 51 49 71 163
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 51 71 17
SINGULAIR 51 51 71 151
FLOVENT HFA 50 49 74 152
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 8, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.