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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,323Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 944

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 944

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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
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this specialty
in Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 697 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 15,466 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,118 786 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 989 814 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 595 494 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 555 450 4 8
SIMVASTATIN 485 352 5 1
LISINOPRIL 473 352 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 456 318 7 4
GABAPENTIN 425 302 8 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 424 317 9 5
MIRTAZAPINE 364 323 10 35
SERTRALINE HCL 364 280 10 23
LANTUS 340 268 12 46
NAMENDA 331 329 13 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 276 239 14 15
TRAMADOL HCL 259 169 15 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 248 173 16 19
CARVEDILOL 240 170 17 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 227 192 18 24
NOVOLOG 223 176 19 93
EXELON 214 212 20 149
LIDODERM 208 131 21 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 202 147 22 69
CLONIDINE HCL 201 122 23 67
GLIPIZIDE 188 150 24 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 142 S3 25 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 132 26 27
FENTANYL 179 119 S2 27 57
BACLOFEN 173 65 28 111
ALLOPURINOL 167 131 29 22
SANTYL 161 129 30 191
KLOR-CON M20 160 145 31 71
OXYCODONE HCL 155 86 S2 32 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 93 33 34
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 153 115 34 146
LEVETIRACETAM 151 81 35 97
FAMOTIDINE 149 129 36 74
METFORMIN HCL 148 112 37 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 121 38 13
PREDNISONE 146 92 38 32
HEPARIN SODIUM 144 86 40 253
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 143 132 41 85
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 94 42 31
LYRICA 132 90 43 114
CLOPIDOGREL 131 87 44 36
DILTIAZEM HCL 127 84 45 196
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 109 46 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 126 56 S2 46 62
HUMALOG 125 90 48 109
NYSTATIN 121 77 49 134
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 115 84 50 101
NEXIUM 113 81 51 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 111 51 52 87
RISPERIDONE 109 98 53 78
MELOXICAM 106 86 54 68
MIDODRINE HCL 105 48 55 208
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 73 56 20
SPIRIVA 97 60 56 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 96 59 58 77
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 63 59 40
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 46 60 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91 72 61 17
CYMBALTA 90 45 62 75
LIDOCAINE HCL 89 57 63 276
DIGOXIN 89 73 63 39
LAMOTRIGINE 88 57 65 150
ABILIFY 86 68 66 166
COMBIVENT 82 62 67 107
PLAVIX 82 67 67 55
RANITIDINE HCL 82 60 67 42
CARBAMAZEPINE 82 0 67 164
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 75 71 84
SEROQUEL 80 61 71 142
DIOVAN 80 79 71 38
TIZANIDINE HCL 79 30 74 167
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 65 75 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 76 48 76 117
TRANSDERM-SCOP 75 34 77 262
PAROXETINE HCL 74 43 78 64
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 74 61 78 251
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 63 80 124
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 46 81 147
NYSTOP 70 59 82 126
OLANZAPINE 69 62 83 125
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 51 83 141
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 27 83 25
TRAZODONE HCL 68 33 86 45
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 67 44 87 230
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 31 R 88 86
IBUPROFEN 66 44 88 140
JANUVIA 65 49 90 81
SODIUM CHLORIDE 61 42 91 289
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 14 S2 92 80
TRAVATAN Z 58 58 93 197
VANCOMYCIN HCL 56 36 94 300
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 39 94 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 27 96 170
ACETYLCYSTEINE 50 39 97 374
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. 15, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.