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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,337Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 944

$605K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 944

263 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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 263 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 263 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 12,001 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 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 484 463 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 480 457 2 6
LISINOPRIL 451 408 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 439 394 4 8
SIMVASTATIN 419 349 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 419 373 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 408 332 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 289 265 8 15
SERTRALINE HCL 280 280 9 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 280 260 9 19
PREDNISONE 243 242 11 32
TRAMADOL HCL 235 204 12 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 233 233 13 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 229 210 14 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 188 15 5
MIRTAZAPINE 214 206 16 35
METFORMIN HCL 212 166 17 12
BUSPIRONE HCL 201 201 18 153
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 194 172 19 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 167 134 20 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 151 21 27
GEMFIBROZIL 149 99 22 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 130 22 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 114 S3 24 10
FENTANYL 129 129 S2 25 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 129 129 25 101
GABAPENTIN 128 107 27 18
SPIRIVA 127 117 28 65
DIGOXIN 127 127 28 39
VOLTAREN 122 120 30 223
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 111 111 31 147
NAMENDA 109 109 32 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 109 32 77
NYSTOP 108 108 34 126
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 107 90 35 69
ATENOLOL 107 91 35 11
ALLOPURINOL 106 106 37 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 101 101 38 96
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 100 95 39 105
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 86 40 52
LIDODERM 94 94 41 73
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 55 42 13
TRAZODONE HCL 90 87 43 45
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 84 84 44 179
CARVEDILOL 84 72 44 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 73 46 48
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 72 69 47 185
CLOPIDOGREL 68 60 48 36
CEPHALEXIN 66 64 49 163
LOVASTATIN 62 59 50 26
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 60 51 168
LANTUS 59 56 52 46
HALOPERIDOL 58 30 53 239
DILTIAZEM ER 57 57 54 88
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 31 55 41
OXYCODONE HCL 56 26 S2 55 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 54 55 117
ERYTHROMYCIN 53 53 58 358
METOLAZONE 52 52 59 133
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 52 59 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 50 61 16
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 April 15, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.