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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 2035

$768K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 111 out of 2035

197 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

7% of this provider’s 197 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 197 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 8,400 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

60 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 686 525 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 378 243 2 1
LISINOPRIL 364 245 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 350 273 4 8
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 325 197 5 90
OMEPRAZOLE 323 235 6 5
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 262 145 7 148
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 256 196 8 6
LEVETIRACETAM 244 178 9 87
HEPARIN SODIUM 227 116 10 227
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 217 183 11 4
FUROSEMIDE 208 166 12 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 206 163 13 20
NAMENDA 190 162 14 37
TRAZODONE HCL 153 101 15 50
TRAMADOL HCL 135 109 16 19
GABAPENTIN 135 108 16 14
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 131 104 18 279
METFORMIN HCL 130 104 19 9
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 119 90 20 224
VALPROIC ACID 118 81 21 235
HYDRALAZINE HCL 117 82 22 45
NOVOLOG 116 51 23 95
LIDODERM 114 110 24 72
WARFARIN SODIUM 111 93 25 11
LABETALOL HCL 107 61 26 231
LANTUS 107 62 26 40
RISPERIDONE 105 87 28 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 86 29 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 79 30 12
VIMPAT 96 63 31 346
BACLOFEN 95 57 32 112
FAMOTIDINE 91 52 33 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 90 56 34 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 73 35 48
TRANSDERM-SCOP 85 63 36 271
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 61 37 25
MIRTAZAPINE 83 75 38 46
CARVEDILOL 82 64 39 22
VENTOLIN HFA 73 45 40 80
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 60 41 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 71 47 42 75
LATANOPROST 69 63 43 177
ATENOLOL 68 58 44 10
FENTANYL 68 63 S2 44 53
RANITIDINE HCL 65 27 46 28
DIGOXIN 64 57 47 67
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 47 94
DILTIAZEM HCL 63 47 49 316
BUDESONIDE 63 29 49 432
KLOR-CON M20 59 41 51 73
TRAVATAN Z 58 50 52 199
PREDNISONE 57 14 53 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 57 53 15
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 56 15 55 144
SANTYL 55 30 56 192
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 40 56 16
SERTRALINE HCL 53 28 58 23
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 37 59 98
AZITHROMYCIN 51 33 59 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 50 59 27
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.