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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,329Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 2035

$633K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 173 out of 2035

388 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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

7% of this provider’s 388 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 388 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 10,293 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 556 529 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 406 301 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 355 316 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 337 242 4 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 274 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 280 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 300 263 7 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 200 S3 8 2
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 291 179 9 60
METFORMIN HCL 291 200 9 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 289 268 11 11
OMEPRAZOLE 276 214 12 5
LISINOPRIL 270 235 13 3
RANITIDINE HCL 230 188 14 28
KLOR-CON 10 214 179 15 193
ATENOLOL 179 166 16 10
PAROXETINE HCL 170 136 17 69
SODIUM CHLORIDE 144 144 18 216
GLYBURIDE 130 75 R 19 74
FENTANYL 129 118 S2 20 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 125 20 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 126 126 22 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 123 23 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 96 23 15
AZITHROMYCIN 115 104 25 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 88 26 13
OLANZAPINE 110 76 27 121
LANTUS 109 90 28 40
MELOXICAM 107 105 29 56
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 104 41 R 30 223
ZETIA 103 84 31 84
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 101 26 32 75
TRAMADOL HCL 100 93 33 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 97 65 34 70
ALLOPURINOL 96 92 35 34
LOVASTATIN 95 70 36 33
RISPERIDONE 94 36 37 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 91 51 38 81
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 87 87 39 94
CITALOPRAM HBR 86 55 40 20
CLOPIDOGREL 84 61 41 30
DIGOXIN 78 66 42 67
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 78 42 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 78 77 42 88
NAMENDA 76 74 45 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 0 45 48
LAMOTRIGINE 72 0 47 203
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 59 47 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 68 47 113
MIRTAZAPINE 71 71 50 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 62 51 21
TRAZODONE HCL 69 42 52 50
CEFTRIAXONE 65 65 53 217
SERTRALINE HCL 63 39 54 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 61 55 128
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 15 55 77
NAPROXEN 60 32 57 92
GABAPENTIN 58 57 58 14
IBUPROFEN 58 28 58 43
OLANZAPINE ODT 56 13 60 304
MECLIZINE HCL 55 52 61 147
CARBAMAZEPINE 55 0 61 228
CYMBALTA 54 42 63 59
PLAVIX 53 43 64 49
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 42 65 102
DIOVAN 51 51 65 76
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 21 65 161
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 50 65 25
NEXIUM 50 32 69 51
GLYCOPYRROLATE 50 13 69 480
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.