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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,928Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 2035

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 2035

487 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
41%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

10% of this provider’s 487 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

47% of this provider’s 487 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 6,204 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 929 248 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 651 257 2 1
LISINOPRIL 554 196 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 433 155 4 5
PROAIR HFA 427 128 5 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 342 161 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 317 176 7 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 288 161 8 4
SPIRIVA 270 97 9 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 268 149 10 6
GABAPENTIN 246 80 11 14
CLOPIDOGREL 244 129 12 30
METFORMIN HCL 241 63 13 9
IBUPROFEN 232 75 14 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 210 108 15 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 84 16 12
GEMFIBROZIL 190 76 17 114
WARFARIN SODIUM 181 94 18 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 55 19 21
SYMBICORT 170 65 20 107
CARISOPRODOL 162 0 R 21 57
TRAMADOL HCL 161 68 22 19
GLYBURIDE 153 44 R 23 74
PLAVIX 151 98 24 49
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 48 25 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 141 78 26 32
RANITIDINE HCL 140 66 27 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 30 28 29
CARVEDILOL 126 69 29 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 123 18 R 30 64
SERTRALINE HCL 123 50 30 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 64 32 26
FAMOTIDINE 121 41 33 71
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 54 34 113
LYRICA 116 28 35 89
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 115 45 36 362
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 64 37 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 70 37 13
CLONIDINE HCL 102 52 39 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 42 40 38
LANTUS 96 41 41 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 43 42 16
ALLOPURINOL 93 71 43 34
JANUVIA 93 35 43 85
PROPRANOLOL HCL 92 39 45 161
ZETIA 91 23 46 84
VENTOLIN HFA 89 21 47 80
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 88 15 48 66
LIDODERM 88 0 48 72
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 86 11 50 291
SINGULAIR 83 41 51 119
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 44 52 25
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 23 53 97
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 51 54 17
ULTICARE 78 32 55 414
CYMBALTA 77 19 56 59
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 75 0 S2 57 86
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 19 58 65
DICYCLOMINE HCL 67 11 59 212
CRESTOR 66 29 60 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 18 61 42
NEXIUM 64 34 62 51
TRAZODONE HCL 64 19 62 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 0 64 102
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 0 65 77
LACTULOSE 62 51 65 96
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 0 67 70
NAPROXEN 60 16 67 92
FENOFIBRATE 59 18 69 82
PAROXETINE HCL 58 27 70 69
OXYCODONE HCL 58 0 S2 70 62
VYTORIN 58 17 70 240
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 33 73 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 16 73 20
PEN NEEDLE 57 11 73 100
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 0 76 132
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 48 77 45
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 31 S3 78 52
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 32 78 144
FLOVENT HFA 51 21 80 238
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 Feb. 18, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.