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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,205Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 2035

$2.72M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 2035

1,149 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,149 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 1,149 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 28,745 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

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,216 1,080 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,776 1,436 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,428 1,103 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,425 1,070 4 6
LISINOPRIL 1,256 961 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 1,029 782 6 7
HYDRALAZINE HCL 798 566 10 7 45
RANITIDINE HCL 757 574 8 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 704 669 9 24
GABAPENTIN 619 361 10 14
OMEPRAZOLE 605 394 11 5
NAMENDA 547 541 12 37
CARVEDILOL 520 409 13 22
METFORMIN HCL 516 350 14 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 497 349 15 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 495 385 16 11
CLOPIDOGREL 471 399 17 30
PLAVIX 469 397 18 49
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 457 414 19 4
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 444 381 20 32
RISPERIDONE 414 350 21 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 384 231 22 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 361 204 23 12
NOVOLOG 359 293 24 95
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 356 257 25 60
LEVETIRACETAM 353 235 26 87
LANTUS 335 259 27 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 330 235 28 25
PROAIR HFA 328 156 29 31
CYMBALTA 326 224 30 59
IBUPROFEN 326 150 30 43
CLONIDINE HCL 296 134 32 61
SPIRIVA 286 203 33 44
SERTRALINE HCL 272 222 34 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 269 175 35 38
LACTULOSE 253 200 36 96
NIFEDIPINE ER 243 174 37 98
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 235 195 38 63
LIDODERM 233 171 39 72
CITALOPRAM HBR 229 181 40 20
VENTOLIN HFA 229 118 40 80
MIRTAZAPINE 227 208 42 46
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 227 149 S3 42 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 214 189 44 75
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 208 49 R 45 64
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 202 164 46 90
TRAMADOL HCL 196 168 47 19
MEGESTROL ACETATE 196 169 R 47 175
SYMBICORT 196 101 47 107
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 193 120 50 13
DIGOXIN 183 144 51 67
BACLOFEN 180 89 52 112
CILOSTAZOL 177 134 53 194
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 174 133 54 27
DIOVAN 170 128 55 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 88 56 26
LYRICA 164 58 57 89
SANTYL 161 138 58 192
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 112 59 16
MELOXICAM 156 90 60 56
LATANOPROST 150 133 61 177
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 147 106 62 132
JANUVIA 147 136 62 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142 96 64 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 140 93 65 65
VALPROIC ACID 140 115 65 235
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 138 96 67 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 60 68 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 94 69 17
KLOR-CON M20 132 113 70 73
PREDNISONE 130 91 71 36
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 127 127 72 239
PAROXETINE HCL 126 78 73 69
NEXIUM 124 21 74 51
PHENYTOIN 123 94 75 268
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 69 76 15
GLIPIZIDE 118 83 77 54
TRAZODONE HCL 118 66 77 50
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 117 41 79 263
PROMETHAZINE HCL 115 50 R 80 106
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 115 59 80 102
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 100 80 110
OPANA ER 113 27 S2 83 172
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 110 92 84 117
TRAVATAN Z 109 94 85 199
NITROSTAT 109 94 85 167
HALOPERIDOL 108 77 87 301
OXYCONTIN 107 19 S2 88 152
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 104 0 S2 89 86
SODIUM CHLORIDE 103 86 90 216
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 103 85 90 133
FAMOTIDINE 102 70 92 71
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 102 31 92 144
LABETALOL HCL 101 64 94 231
HYDROCORTISONE 101 52 94 156
ATENOLOL 100 39 96 10
DIOVAN HCT 100 70 96 126
ENULOSE 99 99 98 230
OXYCODONE HCL 99 37 S2 98 62
OLANZAPINE 98 70 100 121
CRESTOR 98 56 100 41
CEPHALEXIN 98 56 100 91
AMIODARONE HCL 96 86 103 171
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 68 103 48
PEN NEEDLE 96 66 103 100
SEROQUEL 95 72 106 153
FINASTERIDE 94 82 107 105
CALCIUM ACETATE 93 68 108 251
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 61 109 70
LOVAZA 89 59 110 137
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 88 84 111 148
AZITHROMYCIN 87 52 112 39
HEPARIN SODIUM 85 47 113 227
SINGULAIR 84 31 114 119
LEVEMIR 83 72 115 236
MEGACE ES 83 75 R 115 355
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 81 62 117 297
HUMALOG 78 68 118 139
CARBAMAZEPINE 75 47 119 228
CARISOPRODOL 75 16 R 119 57
AMMONIUM LACTATE 74 48 121 155
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 73 0 S2 122 159
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 73 49 R 122 223
GENERLAC 72 71 124 180
SURE COMFORT 71 50 125 243
DILTIAZEM HCL 70 64 126 316
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 42 127 35
NAPROXEN 67 38 128 92
ALLOPURINOL 66 44 129 34
JANTOVEN 65 65 130 138
TRANSDERM-SCOP 63 34 131 271
ACTOS 62 52 132 124
TIMOLOL MALEATE 62 61 132 319
GLYBURIDE 62 29 R 132 74
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 60 51 135 361
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 43 136 299
AVELOX 59 52 136 263
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 43 136 77
FENOFIBRATE 59 53 136 82
ATROVENT HFA 59 46 136 292
NASONEX 59 32 136 207
METOLAZONE 58 27 142 162
METRONIDAZOLE 58 45 142 276
VESICARE 58 32 142 209
ZETIA 57 41 145 84
DETROL LA 56 40 146 237
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 45 146 94
CLONIDINE 54 41 148 277
SENSIPAR 53 30 149 310
VOLTAREN 52 30 150 141
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 26 R 150 208
FLUCONAZOLE 51 20 152 198
NOVOLIN R 51 35 152 210
DILTIAZEM ER 50 45 154 344
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 17 154 187
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 50 40 154 393
NYSTATIN 50 34 154 103
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 Aug. 27, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.