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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,889Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 944

$649K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 944

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,251 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
SIMVASTATIN 828 778 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 781 713 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 605 518 3 2
ATENOLOL 543 508 4 11
FUROSEMIDE 435 389 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 433 416 6 5
LISINOPRIL 425 348 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 375 366 8 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 305 304 9 41
TRAMADOL HCL 266 231 10 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 249 222 11 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 186 S3 12 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 241 205 13 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 195 14 16
METFORMIN HCL 212 193 15 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 194 16 9
TRAZODONE HCL 197 194 17 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 166 18 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 152 19 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 166 153 20 20
MIRTAZAPINE 159 151 21 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 155 132 22 15
SERTRALINE HCL 152 131 23 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 151 143 24 52
GABAPENTIN 140 127 25 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 126 26 13
RANITIDINE HCL 136 106 27 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 133 28 27
CRESTOR 134 107 29 28
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 132 129 30 77
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 118 31 34
PREDNISONE 122 112 32 32
DIGOXIN 120 119 33 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 93 34 90
LOVASTATIN 98 91 35 26
ALLOPURINOL 96 96 36 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 95 36 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 95 95 38 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 81 39 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 90 66 40 25
JANTOVEN 86 86 41 139
OXYCONTIN 83 73 S2 42 92
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 78 43 17
PAROXETINE HCL 79 70 44 64
KLOR-CON 10 78 78 45 115
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 78 45 33
OXYCODONE HCL 74 43 S2 47 50
FINASTERIDE 70 69 48 83
DETROL LA 66 66 49 159
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 50 24
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 63 50 51 157
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 61 52 84
CARVEDILOL 61 61 53 30
CLOPIDOGREL 60 52 54 36
PLAVIX 60 55 54 55
ZOSTAVAX 60 54 54 112
DILTIAZEM ER 59 59 57 88
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 44 57 61
NEXIUM 56 42 59 53
FENTANYL 56 38 S2 59 57
KLOR-CON M20 55 42 61 71
AMOXICILLIN 54 54 62 171
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 45 62 48
ZETIA 53 44 64 59
DIOVAN 53 53 64 38
LEVETIRACETAM 53 53 64 97
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 44 67 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 39 R 67 79
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 Jan. 18, 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.