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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,567Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 103

$2,748 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 103 out of 103

157 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

13% of this provider’s 157 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 157 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,081 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

74 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 Michigan
SIMVASTATIN 490 403 1 1
VITAMIN D 415 368 10 2 114
ASPIRIN EC 391 338 3 80
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 330 277 4 4
LISINOPRIL 320 269 5 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 315 293 6 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 281 243 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 277 254 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 275 251 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 204 170 10 5
TRAMADOL HCL 172 165 11 20
GABAPENTIN 168 142 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 162 121 13 8
CONTOUR 147 117 10 14 189
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 145 134 S3 15 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 103 15 12
VITAMIN D2 142 117 17 191
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 136 131 18 32
CARVEDILOL 131 126 19 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 126 102 20 9
MAPAP 125 121 21 125
LIDODERM 123 117 22 70
METFORMIN HCL 117 83 23 14
FERROUS SULFATE 114 108 24 200
BUMETANIDE 109 79 25 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 101 26 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 91 26 25
SERTRALINE HCL 99 73 28 18
TRAZODONE HCL 96 92 29 39
NAMENDA 96 89 29 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 81 29 30
RISPERIDONE 91 75 32 41
ULTICARE 84 56 33 215
MELATONIN 84 67 10 33 157
RANITIDINE HCL 83 83 35 31
LORATADINE 77 65 36 219
DIGOXIN 76 64 37 49
LANTUS 75 64 38 29
CYMBALTA 73 56 39 56
CYANOCOBALAMIN INJECTION 73 66 39 227
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 63 41 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 58 42 47
PLAVIX 69 55 43 44
PREDNISONE 69 69 43 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 56 45 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 44 46 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 52 47 71
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 65 52 47 235
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 64 49 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 59 50 45
SINGLE USE SWAB 62 48 51 241
CLOPIDOGREL 61 49 52 28
FENTANYL 59 55 S2 53 48
VENTOLIN HFA 59 44 53 81
CITRUS CALCIUM + D 58 45 10 55 248
NOVOLOG 57 42 56 68
ALLOPURINOL 56 56 57 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 45 58 93
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 38 59 17
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 March 1, 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.