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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,379Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 2035

$974K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 2035

501 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

3% of this provider’s 501 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 501 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 16,748 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,158 1,040 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 674 602 2 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 512 481 3 27
LISINOPRIL 500 452 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 481 432 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 399 364 6 4
RANITIDINE HCL 363 331 7 28
FUROSEMIDE 358 348 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 293 9 6
ATENOLOL 291 280 10 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 289 250 11 16
LOVASTATIN 282 272 12 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 264 240 13 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 262 223 14 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 262 258 14 25
ALLOPURINOL 259 247 16 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 257 251 17 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 243 241 18 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 217 19 26
CLOPIDOGREL 225 196 20 30
LIDODERM 215 199 21 72
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 204 22 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 204 204 23 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 178 24 12
DIOVAN 192 192 25 76
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 175 25 47
FENOFIBRATE 177 141 27 82
GABAPENTIN 176 147 28 14
CARVEDILOL 174 159 29 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 163 114 30 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 159 118 S3 31 2
SINGLE USE SWAB 152 137 32 163
WARFARIN SODIUM 150 142 33 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 150 128 33 35
PLAVIX 148 133 35 49
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 145 35 196
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 145 142 37 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 142 134 38 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 131 39 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 126 40 38
PROCTOSOL-HC 125 124 41 222
TRICOR 121 121 42 120
NEXIUM 116 102 43 51
GLYBURIDE 112 112 R 44 74
LANTUS 110 103 45 40
AMMONIUM LACTATE 106 99 46 155
DIOVAN HCT 101 100 47 126
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 98 75 48 66
VENTOLIN HFA 97 93 49 80
PROAIR HFA 96 91 50 31
SPIRIVA 95 95 51 44
CRESTOR 92 75 52 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 75 53 77
LIPITOR 86 86 54 134
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 71 55 20
GLIPIZIDE 84 74 56 54
NAMENDA 84 84 56 37
BYSTOLIC 83 79 58 108
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 82 77 59 255
TRAMADOL HCL 80 67 60 19
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 66 R 60 106
ACTOS 80 74 60 124
FINASTERIDE 73 73 63 105
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 73 73 R 63 139
SINGULAIR 71 71 65 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 70 66 122
AZITHROMYCIN 69 51 67 39
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 68 65 68 179
JANUVIA 64 51 69 85
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 51 70 88
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 59 70 111
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 60 44 72 246
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 43 73 17
NITROSTAT 57 53 74 167
PAROXETINE HCL 56 48 75 69
LACLOTION 55 55 76 463
MECLIZINE HCL 54 46 77 147
VERAPAMIL ER 53 53 78 115
ULORIC 52 40 79 397
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 52 79 187
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 51 45 81 133
LYRICA 50 33 82 89
PEN NEEDLE 50 49 82 100
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 Feb. 19, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.