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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,117Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 944

$813K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 944

607 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

13% of this provider’s 607 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 607 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 15,219 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
FUROSEMIDE 668 644 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 657 630 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 646 605 3 7
LISINOPRIL 645 631 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 632 601 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 521 493 S3 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 488 468 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 430 403 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 353 341 9 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 345 343 10 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 334 297 11 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 324 317 12 14
SERTRALINE HCL 309 294 13 23
FENTANYL 272 261 S2 14 57
GABAPENTIN 264 253 15 18
TRAMADOL HCL 252 232 16 21
TRAZODONE HCL 239 226 17 45
METFORMIN HCL 207 206 18 12
MIRTAZAPINE 192 186 19 35
LANTUS 186 186 20 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 165 21 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 179 169 22 24
PREDNISONE 176 158 23 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 175 174 24 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 175 175 24 31
ALLOPURINOL 166 166 26 22
NOVOLOG 162 162 27 93
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 153 142 28 17
LIDODERM 150 148 29 73
NAMENDA 140 140 30 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 134 134 31 69
TAMIFLU 123 119 32 212
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 96 33 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 108 108 34 96
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 108 106 34 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 107 36 77
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 97 37 40
SPIRIVA 106 106 37 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 102 39 9
DIGOXIN 92 92 40 39
OXYCODONE HCL 89 89 S2 41 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 84 41 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 85 43 44
GLIPIZIDE 82 82 44 51
BACLOFEN 78 46 45 111
ATENOLOL 78 74 45 11
RANITIDINE HCL 76 74 47 42
BUMETANIDE 72 72 48 104
FAMOTIDINE 70 43 49 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 69 69 50 124
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 65 48 S2 51 223
PAROXETINE HCL 64 64 52 64
MORPHINE SULFATE 62 62 S2 53 257
KLOR-CON M20 62 62 53 71
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 55 53 105
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 55 56 90
CRESTOR 58 58 57 28
NITROSTAT 58 58 57 145
NEXIUM 57 50 59 53
SEROQUEL 57 57 59 142
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 56 55 61 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 55 62 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 51 63 25
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.