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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,215Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 88 out of 2035

$688K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 144 out of 2035

378 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

3% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,624 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 576 485 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 508 429 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 481 410 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 480 417 4 1
LISINOPRIL 339 287 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 284 240 6 7
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 282 227 7 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 258 249 8 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 240 223 9 11
CARVEDILOL 237 219 10 22
GABAPENTIN 226 195 11 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 225 198 12 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 172 13 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 205 180 14 75
NAMENDA 182 174 15 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 161 16 12
ATENOLOL 178 121 16 10
CEPHALEXIN 175 129 18 91
MIRTAZAPINE 167 158 19 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 110 20 18
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 135 100 21 90
SERTRALINE HCL 132 75 22 23
RANITIDINE HCL 129 56 23 28
PREDNISONE 128 93 24 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 106 25 25
RISPERIDONE 123 101 25 68
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 115 27 15
LOVASTATIN 118 92 27 33
NOVOLOG 115 89 29 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 113 106 30 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 88 31 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 71 32 13
TRAMADOL HCL 98 84 33 19
BUMETANIDE 98 73 33 79
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 81 35 77
AZITHROMYCIN 92 76 36 39
PAROXETINE HCL 89 52 37 69
METFORMIN HCL 89 64 37 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 59 39 38
KLOR-CON M10 81 64 40 158
CLOPIDOGREL 80 62 41 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 66 41 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 63 43 81
OLANZAPINE 78 64 44 121
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 75 45 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 51 46 29
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 59 47 97
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 72 60 S3 48 52
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 70 53 49 146
NYSTATIN 66 53 50 103
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 65 27 51 148
LEVEMIR 64 52 52 236
PLAVIX 62 52 53 49
ACETYLCYSTEINE 60 16 54 351
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 54 55 94
LANTUS 58 51 56 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 56 57 70
TRAZODONE HCL 56 51 57 50
VENTOLIN HFA 56 44 57 80
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 31 60 45
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 44 60 196
KETOCONAZOLE 53 50 62 215
GLIPIZIDE ER 53 53 62 131
CLONIDINE HCL 51 35 64 61
AMIODARONE HCL 51 50 64 171
LYRICA 50 49 66 89
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.