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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,448Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 2035

$1.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 2035

1,255 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 1,255 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 1,255 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 36,937 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,800 1,701 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,601 1,515 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,199 1,108 3 11
LISINOPRIL 1,156 1,091 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,059 986 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 921 819 S3 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 796 734 7 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 770 741 8 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 757 740 9 24
OMEPRAZOLE 675 640 10 5
SERTRALINE HCL 654 631 11 23
GABAPENTIN 645 561 12 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 643 580 13 90
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 637 585 14 6
MIRTAZAPINE 630 579 15 46
LANTUS 625 565 16 40
TRAMADOL HCL 620 579 17 19
NAMENDA 597 597 18 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 576 548 19 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 533 482 20 48
CARVEDILOL 391 366 21 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 390 358 22 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 385 361 23 16
RISPERIDONE 381 348 24 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 380 361 25 77
LEVOFLOXACIN 374 345 26 99
KLOR-CON M20 353 316 27 73
PREDNISONE 346 299 28 36
LEVETIRACETAM 320 229 29 87
NOVOLOG 309 262 30 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 308 282 31 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 305 276 32 75
TRAZODONE HCL 305 261 32 50
BUMETANIDE 304 271 34 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 295 275 35 70
DIGOXIN 276 275 36 67
RANITIDINE HCL 273 266 37 28
CYMBALTA 258 228 38 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 247 241 39 32
GLIPIZIDE 245 225 40 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 245 206 40 45
ROPINIROLE HCL 239 236 42 113
CLOPIDOGREL 230 214 43 30
PLAVIX 227 216 44 49
KLOR-CON M10 227 224 44 158
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 227 224 44 15
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 219 218 47 94
SEROQUEL 216 201 48 153
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 215 200 49 63
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 210 197 50 146
LIDODERM 206 192 51 72
SPIRIVA 205 192 52 44
BACLOFEN 204 134 53 112
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 204 190 53 13
PAROXETINE HCL 198 177 55 69
OLANZAPINE 193 184 56 121
CEPHALEXIN 192 182 57 91
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 186 166 58 110
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 180 169 59 122
METOLAZONE 175 157 60 162
METFORMIN HCL 175 167 60 9
ALLOPURINOL 173 169 62 34
AZITHROMYCIN 173 159 62 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 172 163 64 65
FAMOTIDINE 171 151 65 71
ATENOLOL 168 157 66 10
FINASTERIDE 166 149 67 105
LIDOCAINE HCL 166 164 67 205
LACTULOSE 165 150 69 96
SODIUM CHLORIDE 163 156 70 216
AMIODARONE HCL 156 140 71 171
HYDROCORTISONE 154 153 72 156
NYSTATIN 153 143 73 103
CEFTRIAXONE 152 146 74 217
VALPROIC ACID 147 123 75 235
CLONIDINE HCL 142 116 76 61
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 129 104 77 148
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 126 110 78 117
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 117 79 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 114 80 17
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 116 82 81 132
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 93 82 81
LEXAPRO 115 99 82 260
SANTYL 113 87 84 192
TORSEMIDE 113 113 84 157
BUPROPION HCL 111 110 86 302
LYRICA 110 85 87 89
ENULOSE 108 84 88 230
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 98 88 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 84 90 42
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 101 91 91 168
PROMETHAZINE HCL 100 66 R 92 106
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 86 93 29
NYSTOP 93 86 94 150
METRONIDAZOLE 93 70 94 276
TIMOLOL MALEATE 91 91 96 319
EXELON 89 89 97 151
GENERLAC 89 71 97 180
DIOVAN 85 82 99 76
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 85 99 98
VENLAFAXINE HCL 83 81 101 265
NOVOLIN 70-30 82 71 102 178
CALCIUM ACETATE 81 51 103 251
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 80 77 104 143
NOVOLIN R 80 62 104 210
HYDROXYZINE HCL 79 77 R 106 208
FENTANYL 78 64 S2 107 53
VANCOMYCIN HCL 77 63 108 309
LAMOTRIGINE 77 73 108 203
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 76 75 110 226
LATANOPROST 74 74 111 177
SENSIPAR 74 49 111 310
LOPERAMIDE 73 72 113 270
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 73 70 113 129
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 72 56 115 299
SINGULAIR 71 69 116 119
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 68 117 142
IBUPROFEN 69 57 118 43
MEGESTROL ACETATE 68 66 R 119 175
FLUCONAZOLE 66 56 120 198
ABILIFY 66 46 120 174
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 26 120 130
LEVEMIR 65 46 123 236
DETROL LA 65 64 123 237
VENTOLIN HFA 65 60 123 80
JANUVIA 65 65 123 85
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 63 32 127 144
LOVASTATIN 63 63 127 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 44 R 129 64
CLONIDINE 61 61 129 277
BUPROPION HCL SR 58 56 131 202
AMOXICILLIN 58 51 131 116
COLCRYS 57 55 133 186
FENOFIBRATE 56 52 134 82
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 55 134 55
NEXIUM 55 40 136 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 42 137 21
SEROQUEL XR 54 49 137 294
NITROSTAT 53 51 139 167
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 46 139 123
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 53 49 139 254
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 44 142 220
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 51 142 176
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 44 142 361
HUMALOG 51 43 145 139
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 51 50 145 239
TRAVATAN Z 50 50 147 199
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 50 24 S2 147 86
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 31, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.