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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,216Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 944

$589K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 132 out of 944

446 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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
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this specialty
in Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 446 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 446 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 13,731 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,111 1,106 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 614 589 2 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 607 567 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 576 556 4 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 430 415 5 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 429 427 6 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 390 7 5
LISINOPRIL 381 372 8 3
SIMVASTATIN 369 364 9 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 316 306 10 15
NAMENDA 289 289 11 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 277 277 12 24
MIRTAZAPINE 271 261 13 35
GABAPENTIN 257 255 14 18
DIGOXIN 213 204 15 39
TRAMADOL HCL 209 206 16 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 199 193 S3 17 10
LANTUS 168 168 18 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 167 162 19 41
ATENOLOL 162 158 20 11
SERTRALINE HCL 131 131 21 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 125 22 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 125 117 23 69
PREDNISONE 123 112 24 32
TAMIFLU 119 116 25 212
NOVOLOG 115 108 26 93
RISPERIDONE 115 114 26 78
LIDODERM 108 108 28 73
CLOPIDOGREL 107 107 29 36
LOVASTATIN 107 107 29 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 98 97 31 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 92 32 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 88 85 33 13
DIOVAN 88 77 33 38
ALLOPURINOL 87 87 35 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 86 36 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 80 37 96
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 83 83 38 85
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 82 39 44
RANITIDINE HCL 80 80 40 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 74 41 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 74 42 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 72 43 31
PLAVIX 69 69 44 55
KLOR-CON M20 69 69 44 71
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 68 59 46 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 68 46 98
LEVETIRACETAM 64 64 48 97
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 61 59 49 101
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 54 50 117
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 58 50 147
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 47 52 48
METHOTREXATE 56 45 53 129
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 55 54 16
FAMOTIDINE 55 53 54 74
METFORMIN HCL 55 48 54 12
TRAZODONE HCL 54 52 57 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 57 20
GLIPIZIDE 54 53 57 51
PAROXETINE HCL 54 54 57 64
LOPERAMIDE 53 51 61 211
OXYCODONE HCL 51 48 S2 62 50
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 51 S3 62 95
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.