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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,902Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 2035

$875K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 2035

618 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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 618 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 618 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 15,280 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 755 646 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 712 389 S3 2 2
LISINOPRIL 682 545 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 629 558 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 529 479 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 511 374 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 495 413 7 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 379 323 8 11
SERTRALINE HCL 370 305 9 23
OMEPRAZOLE 361 244 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 352 255 11 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 343 343 12 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 315 272 13 65
ATENOLOL 282 235 14 10
CARVEDILOL 255 214 15 22
NAMENDA 234 234 16 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 218 185 17 25
TRAMADOL HCL 214 178 18 19
DIGOXIN 207 177 19 67
KLOR-CON M20 198 176 20 73
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 160 21 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 191 171 22 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 181 168 23 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 175 113 24 21
RANITIDINE HCL 173 155 25 28
PREDNISONE 168 163 26 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 165 163 27 16
CYMBALTA 163 143 28 59
TRAZODONE HCL 160 137 29 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 136 30 12
BUMETANIDE 155 134 31 79
HYDRALAZINE HCL 147 128 32 45
GABAPENTIN 146 111 33 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143 125 34 18
RISPERIDONE 140 128 35 68
MIRTAZAPINE 140 131 35 46
SPIRIVA 139 112 37 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 105 38 13
FAMOTIDINE 135 93 39 71
CLOPIDOGREL 134 109 40 30
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 133 112 41 142
LANTUS 130 92 42 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 127 101 43 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 110 44 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 110 45 20
GLYBURIDE 120 92 R 46 74
IBUPROFEN 118 72 47 43
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 115 97 48 144
PROAIR HFA 104 42 49 31
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 96 92 50 90
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 88 51 63
CEPHALEXIN 91 59 52 91
AVELOX 89 83 53 263
PLAVIX 87 74 54 49
NOVOLIN 70-30 76 54 55 178
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 72 55 110
ALLOPURINOL 75 71 57 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 64 58 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 71 58 122
CLONIDINE HCL 72 65 58 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 52 61 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 70 51 62 117
CARISOPRODOL 69 0 R 63 57
GENERLAC 68 67 64 180
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 56 65 38
AZITHROMYCIN 65 55 66 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 46 R 67 106
NIFEDIPINE ER 62 62 67 98
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 62 62 67 75
NITROFURANTOIN 59 56 70 359
FINASTERIDE 59 53 70 105
LACTULOSE 58 28 72 96
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 43 73 143
GEMFIBROZIL 55 15 74 114
OLANZAPINE 55 54 74 121
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 53 53 76 279
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 26 R 77 64
CELEBREX 51 32 77 104
NOVOLOG 50 42 79 95
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.