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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,335Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 2035

$821K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 2035

394 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

19% of this provider’s 394 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 394 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 14,381 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 746 671 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 702 617 2 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 545 495 3 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 540 437 S3 4 2
LISINOPRIL 465 447 5 3
FENTANYL 385 298 S2 6 53
MIRTAZAPINE 370 329 7 46
TRAMADOL HCL 359 332 8 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 336 305 9 8
GABAPENTIN 329 289 10 14
NAMENDA 314 310 11 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 304 290 12 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 276 13 6
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 287 247 14 66
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 280 257 15 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 268 242 16 20
OMEPRAZOLE 264 250 17 5
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 260 239 18 146
SIMVASTATIN 212 191 19 1
PREDNISONE 179 155 20 36
ATENOLOL 179 154 20 10
LANTUS 178 162 22 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 148 23 25
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 172 157 24 133
SERTRALINE HCL 168 140 25 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 135 26 11
PAROXETINE HCL 141 131 27 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 139 137 28 77
CARVEDILOL 136 112 29 22
LACTULOSE 134 125 30 96
CYMBALTA 127 102 31 59
GLIPIZIDE 126 123 32 54
DIGOXIN 124 110 33 67
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 108 34 94
BUMETANIDE 120 115 35 79
TRAZODONE HCL 119 103 36 50
LEVETIRACETAM 118 99 37 87
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 113 99 38 90
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 100 39 16
NOVOLOG 111 100 40 95
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 108 89 S2 41 86
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 102 95 42 142
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 89 43 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 70 44 70
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 88 85 S3 45 52
OLANZAPINE 87 83 46 121
RISPERIDONE 85 75 47 68
CLOPIDOGREL 84 79 48 30
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 78 49 99
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 73 50 63
BACLOFEN 80 44 51 112
MORPHINE SULFATE 78 38 S2 52 183
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 75 58 53 144
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 52 54 81
PLAVIX 67 62 55 49
ABILIFY 67 67 55 174
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 66 43 57 132
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 51 58 42
NYSTATIN 62 54 59 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 60 60 117
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 59 43 61 148
KLOR-CON M20 59 45 61 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 45 63 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 57 41 64 13
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 45 64 113
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 41 66 110
ALLOPURINOL 56 41 66 34
SODIUM CHLORIDE 56 32 66 216
GENERLAC 55 41 69 180
METHADONE HCL 53 47 S2 70 93
METFORMIN HCL 53 48 70 9
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 51 72 316
CLONIDINE HCL 52 52 72 61
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 48 R 74 208
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 33 75 228
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 Sept. 11, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.