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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,845Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 457 out of 944

$314K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 472 out of 944

188 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 188 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,983 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 198 S3 1 10
FUROSEMIDE 196 172 2 6
LISINOPRIL 183 135 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 181 163 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 163 129 5 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 157 157 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 154 119 7 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 152 125 8 8
INDAPAMIDE 144 144 9 130
OMEPRAZOLE 137 119 10 4
KLOR-CON M20 115 106 11 71
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 90 12 15
TRAMADOL HCL 101 90 12 21
METFORMIN HCL 96 66 14 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 69 15 25
GABAPENTIN 78 44 16 18
PLAVIX 78 71 16 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 71 18 14
DILTIAZEM ER 70 65 19 88
CLOPIDOGREL 69 63 20 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 55 20 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 49 22 121
LANTUS 63 54 23 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 47 24 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 49 25 13
MIRTAZAPINE 50 50 26 35
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 June 14, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.