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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,734Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 2035

$844K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 87 out of 2035

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

8% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,824 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 742 517 1 27
SIMVASTATIN 582 306 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 545 424 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 467 379 4 7
LISINOPRIL 452 296 5 3
ALLOPURINOL 422 298 6 34
OMEPRAZOLE 417 284 7 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 396 213 S3 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 221 148 9 8
METFORMIN HCL 190 119 10 9
TRAMADOL HCL 182 75 11 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 149 12 16
GABAPENTIN 170 61 13 14
NAMENDA 166 153 14 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 90 15 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 161 148 16 24
GLIPIZIDE 160 125 17 54
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 158 111 18 48
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 155 106 19 102
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150 111 20 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 136 74 21 6
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 132 80 22 70
CALCITRIOL 132 122 22 188
MIRTAZAPINE 128 81 24 46
ATENOLOL 128 75 24 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 125 50 26 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 124 71 27 38
NYSTATIN 120 97 28 103
SERTRALINE HCL 117 74 29 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 74 30 11
SPIRIVA 112 71 31 44
TRAZODONE HCL 112 50 31 50
COMBIVENT 94 56 33 154
PAROXETINE HCL 93 67 34 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 38 35 12
LOVAZA 89 53 36 137
NYSTOP 87 72 37 150
LEVETIRACETAM 85 24 38 87
RISPERIDONE 84 75 39 68
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 61 40 110
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83 29 R 40 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 77 40 25
LANTUS 77 36 43 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 60 44 13
OLANZAPINE 69 47 45 121
NEXIUM 68 35 46 51
KLOR-CON M20 65 46 47 73
CARVEDILOL 64 52 48 22
RANITIDINE HCL 62 49 49 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 43 50 81
BUMETANIDE 59 58 51 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 44 52 29
PROAIR HFA 56 32 52 31
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 21 54 130
BACLOFEN 53 13 55 112
CYMBALTA 53 40 55 59
CALCIUM ACETATE 52 39 57 251
SINGULAIR 51 41 58 119
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 31 S3 58 52
CLONIDINE HCL 51 28 58 61
SEROQUEL 51 40 58 153
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 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.