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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,435Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 2035

$2.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 2035

741 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 741 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 741 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 26,447 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 1,476 1,336 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,261 1,140 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 947 835 3 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 918 497 S3 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 687 678 5 24
NAMENDA 675 662 6 37
OMEPRAZOLE 641 522 7 5
CARVEDILOL 615 539 8 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 556 502 9 18
LISINOPRIL 543 464 10 3
SIMVASTATIN 539 484 11 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 518 463 12 8
MIRTAZAPINE 443 406 13 46
TRAMADOL HCL 422 355 14 19
CLOPIDOGREL 419 381 15 30
GABAPENTIN 399 274 16 14
FENTANYL 387 294 S2 17 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 372 331 18 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 363 310 19 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 339 292 20 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 332 304 21 6
GLIPIZIDE 322 255 22 54
METOLAZONE 315 289 10 23 162
KLOR-CON M20 305 288 24 73
LANTUS 305 273 24 40
PLAVIX 304 280 26 49
CYMBALTA 304 198 26 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 291 258 28 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 277 232 29 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 275 249 30 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 255 220 31 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 253 239 32 27
SERTRALINE HCL 230 216 33 23
LIDODERM 212 180 34 72
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 207 166 35 63
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 206 190 36 75
ATENOLOL 199 162 37 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 169 37 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 199 187 37 13
ROPINIROLE HCL 193 169 40 113
TRAZODONE HCL 186 148 41 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 185 164 42 29
METFORMIN HCL 185 116 42 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 174 166 44 77
SPIRIVA 174 144 44 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 173 138 46 94
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 167 133 47 142
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 166 147 48 70
LATANOPROST 163 163 49 177
PAROXETINE HCL 162 130 50 69
RANEXA 158 151 51 289
DIGOXIN 158 154 51 67
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 153 149 53 146
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 153 144 53 272
NYSTOP 149 137 55 150
CLONIDINE HCL 145 130 56 61
NOVOLOG 131 120 57 95
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 130 69 S2 58 86
ADVAIR DISKUS 129 115 59 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 126 60 15
LYRICA 125 79 61 89
LEVETIRACETAM 124 89 62 87
EXELON 121 120 63 151
FAMOTIDINE 121 106 63 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 120 110 65 122
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 117 111 66 239
CEPHALEXIN 114 89 67 91
AMOXICILLIN 113 62 68 116
BACLOFEN 112 39 69 112
LOVAZA 110 88 70 137
ALLOPURINOL 109 104 71 34
MIDODRINE HCL 109 108 71 397
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 47 R 73 64
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 108 91 73 129
KLOR-CON M10 107 106 75 158
PREDNISONE 107 95 75 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 106 71 77 117
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105 75 78 45
BUMETANIDE 101 90 79 79
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 68 80 12
PROAIR HFA 96 67 80 31
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 94 63 82 168
AMIODARONE HCL 93 88 83 171
CARAFATE 93 93 83 403
SUCRALFATE 92 68 85 325
RANITIDINE HCL 92 73 85 28
PROPRANOLOL HCL 91 76 87 161
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 91 69 87 125
FENOFIBRATE 91 50 87 82
PRADAXA 89 85 90 242
NEXIUM 88 71 91 51
NYSTATIN 87 78 92 103
NITROSTAT 87 76 92 167
SINGULAIR 86 69 94 119
LOVASTATIN 80 70 95 33
RISPERIDONE 80 75 95 68
OLANZAPINE 79 58 97 121
CEFTRIAXONE 79 79 97 217
APIDRA 78 62 10 99 371
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 66 R 100 208
MECLIZINE HCL 77 66 100 147
MELOXICAM 76 56 102 56
VESICARE 76 66 102 209
PATANOL 75 70 104 233
GENERLAC 72 47 105 180
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 53 106 35
PRIMIDONE 68 62 107 300
HYDROCORTISONE 68 62 107 156
VERAPAMIL ER 66 20 109 115
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 28 110 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 39 S2 111 181
TRAVATAN Z 61 54 112 199
PENNSAID 60 60 113 438
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 54 113 131
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 58 115 226
TIMOLOL MALEATE 56 56 116 319
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 36 116 81
SOTALOL 55 55 118 339
MORPHINE SULFATE 54 43 S2 119 183
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 38 120 90
AVELOX 53 50 120 263
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 51 120 55
VENTOLIN HFA 52 29 123 80
AZITHROMYCIN 52 49 123 39
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 18 125 261
RESTASIS 50 50 126 384
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 Sept. 12, 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.