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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,098Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 2035

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 2035

529 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

4% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

70% of this provider’s 529 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 8,684 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

$57 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 2,095 601 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 614 312 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 535 248 3 6
METFORMIN HCL 477 297 4 9
LISINOPRIL 403 175 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 389 154 6 5
NEXIUM 383 258 7 51
CARISOPRODOL 378 31 R 8 57
PROAIR HFA 376 146 9 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 342 142 10 13
IBUPROFEN 297 173 11 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 275 188 12 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 269 129 13 8
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 265 76 14 125
SPIRIVA 230 123 15 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 217 143 16 4
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 213 49 17 173
RANITIDINE HCL 212 88 18 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 207 91 19 21
VENTOLIN HFA 204 61 20 80
CLONIDINE HCL 203 22 21 61
FUROSEMIDE 188 108 22 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 185 86 23 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 183 60 24 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 177 70 25 35
GABAPENTIN 168 70 26 14
CYMBALTA 161 58 27 59
CEPHALEXIN 155 47 28 91
COLCRYS 149 70 29 186
JANUVIA 148 73 30 85
CLOPIDOGREL 148 90 30 30
CRESTOR 146 137 32 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 130 33 27
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 142 107 34 123
SYMBICORT 134 35 35 107
CELEBREX 132 58 36 104
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 123 45 S3 37 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 122 16 R 38 64
PATANOL 119 73 39 233
GLIPIZIDE 116 77 40 54
DIOVAN 114 75 41 76
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 62 42 12
LOVAZA 109 78 43 137
ACTOS 107 65 44 124
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 31 R 45 101
NAPROXEN 104 18 46 92
VOLTAREN 99 67 47 141
TRAMADOL HCL 99 30 47 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 59 47 15
LYRICA 98 42 50 89
CARVEDILOL 98 32 50 22
PROMETHAZINE HCL 96 15 R 52 106
FINASTERIDE 94 64 53 105
ACARBOSE 90 81 54 330
MELOXICAM 89 31 55 56
LOVASTATIN 88 56 56 33
LANTUS 88 52 56 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 87 69 58 111
INDOMETHACIN 85 26 R 59 280
HYDROCORTISONE 80 25 60 156
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 77 62 61 16
PLAVIX 76 53 62 49
LANSOPRAZOLE 75 41 63 118
AZITHROMYCIN 73 20 64 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 29 65 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 24 65 29
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 72 0 R 65 349
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 69 27 68 144
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 52 68 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 67 70 24
ATENOLOL 66 53 71 10
TRICOR 65 24 72 120
SINGULAIR 65 44 72 119
SERTRALINE HCL 65 17 72 23
LACTULOSE 64 26 75 96
GLIPIZIDE XL 63 42 76 166
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 62 14 77 291
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 29 78 99
DESOXIMETASONE 61 19 78 312
VERAPAMIL ER 61 13 78 115
LEVETIRACETAM 61 25 78 87
MIRTAZAPINE 60 25 82 46
PRANDIN 60 25 82 303
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 34 84 42
AMMONIUM LACTATE 58 22 85 155
AMOXICILLIN 56 33 86 116
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 24 86 77
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 23 88 88
MECLIZINE HCL 53 50 89 147
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 22 90 187
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. 4, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.