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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,544Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 326

$750K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 326

368 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 368 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 368 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,989 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 545 434 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 501 361 2 2
LISINOPRIL 495 375 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 431 345 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 417 180 S3 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 417 290 5 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 329 255 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 283 160 8 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 201 9 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 238 238 10 34
GABAPENTIN 229 124 11 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 155 12 25
SERTRALINE HCL 199 152 13 35
TRAMADOL HCL 179 139 14 28
LANTUS 159 134 15 56
METFORMIN HCL 159 119 15 16
MIRTAZAPINE 153 136 17 93
CARVEDILOL 151 140 18 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138 93 19 21
NOVOLOG 134 108 20 123
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 127 101 21 147
ATENOLOL 119 87 22 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 119 105 22 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 116 96 24 69
CLOPIDOGREL 115 99 25 23
PROAIR HFA 115 71 25 100
RISPERIDONE 114 96 27 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 99 27 29
NAMENDA 100 100 29 49
PREDNISONE 99 67 30 18
OLANZAPINE 95 88 31 132
MELOXICAM 93 74 32 80
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93 91 32 48
AZITHROMYCIN 92 49 34 54
TRAZODONE HCL 89 69 35 64
CYMBALTA 89 44 35 61
LACTULOSE 87 61 37 144
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 83 37 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 66 37 152
PAROXETINE HCL 85 56 40 126
RANITIDINE HCL 84 47 41 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 57 42 66
LAMOTRIGINE 76 47 43 91
DIGOXIN 75 64 44 45
PLAVIX 75 53 44 39
ALLOPURINOL 74 58 46 44
SPIRIVA 74 61 46 129
FENTANYL 72 68 S2 48 47
KLOR-CON M20 70 57 49 114
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 58 49 10
SEROQUEL 67 60 51 151
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 29 52 24
LIDODERM 66 62 52 199
FAMOTIDINE 66 63 52 107
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 59 55 82
GENERLAC 65 56 55 302
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 50 55 80
CLONIDINE HCL 64 48 58 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 33 59 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 18 60 42
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 56 42 60 183
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 37 60 20
SANTYL 55 46 63 331
HALOPERIDOL 54 51 64 216
LEVETIRACETAM 54 33 64 50
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 37 66 112
MOMETASONE FUROATE 53 53 66 207
ACTONEL 53 50 66 258
NYSTATIN 52 39 69 251
GLIPIZIDE 52 28 69 106
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 51 69 41
TIMOLOL MALEATE 50 50 72 32
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 Oct. 31, 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.