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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,859Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 944

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 944

321 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 321 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 321 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,809 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
CRESTOR 558 550 1 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 508 479 2 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 446 426 3 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 345 324 4 25
DIOVAN 340 323 5 38
LISINOPRIL 327 299 6 3
NEXIUM 321 296 7 53
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 300 278 8 2
OMEPRAZOLE 295 271 9 4
SIMVASTATIN 291 276 10 1
LIDODERM 281 268 11 73
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 273 220 12 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 232 224 13 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 224 14 8
DIOVAN HCT 229 208 15 108
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 186 16 9
CLOPIDOGREL 208 201 17 36
PLAVIX 206 201 18 55
LIPITOR 177 158 19 91
FUROSEMIDE 164 147 20 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 152 141 21 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 118 22 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 121 23 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 114 24 16
LOVASTATIN 116 106 25 26
CARVEDILOL 114 107 26 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 97 27 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 103 28 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 87 S3 29 10
MIRTAZAPINE 101 97 29 35
ATENOLOL 101 101 29 11
TRAMADOL HCL 96 92 32 21
ZETIA 92 91 33 59
HYDRALAZINE HCL 90 80 34 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 84 35 41
RANITIDINE HCL 82 71 36 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 62 37 40
METFORMIN HCL ER 77 56 38 49
VOLTAREN 73 73 39 223
DEXILANT 72 72 40 321
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 63 40 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 71 42 48
ALLOPURINOL 70 53 43 22
SERTRALINE HCL 70 62 43 23
CLONIDINE HCL 69 65 45 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 46 24
PROAIR HFA 68 64 46 56
GABAPENTIN 66 64 48 18
LACTULOSE 66 66 48 161
TOPROL XL 65 60 50 332
METFORMIN HCL 64 47 51 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 57 52 31
AVODART 62 62 52 226
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61 61 S3 54 95
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 37 S2 55 62
JANUVIA 53 31 55 81
VESICARE 52 47 57 138
NITROSTAT 51 51 58 145
IBUPROFEN 50 31 59 140
AMBIEN 50 50 10 59 374
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 47 59 15
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 8, 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.