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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,132Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 944

$694K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 944

598 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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 Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 598 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 598 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,215 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Wisconsin
SIMVASTATIN 697 555 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 558 378 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 487 446 3 8
LISINOPRIL 450 361 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 443 394 5 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 439 417 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 419 283 S3 7 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 399 332 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 395 375 9 5
FUROSEMIDE 367 332 10 6
GABAPENTIN 299 214 11 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 198 12 9
FENTANYL 210 139 S2 13 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 208 182 14 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 198 176 15 15
METFORMIN HCL 168 134 16 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 118 17 25
ATENOLOL 156 151 18 11
ALLOPURINOL 154 149 19 22
TRAMADOL HCL 150 98 20 21
OXYCODONE HCL 149 62 S2 21 50
LANTUS 148 74 22 46
SERTRALINE HCL 144 124 23 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142 129 24 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 108 25 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 108 93 26 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 107 100 27 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 100 87 28 13
DIGOXIN 98 95 29 39
NEXIUM 98 61 29 53
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 98 97 29 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 88 32 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 89 33 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 76 34 40
TRAZODONE HCL 91 70 35 45
PREDNISONE 90 77 36 32
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 86 37 33
PROAIR HFA 85 40 38 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 64 39 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 83 40 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 77 41 77
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 51 42 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 74 74 43 24
KLOR-CON M20 71 71 44 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 68 44 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 61 46 31
CLONIDINE HCL 69 42 47 67
RANITIDINE HCL 68 46 48 42
CLOPIDOGREL 68 55 48 36
NAMENDA 68 62 48 37
METHADONE HCL 67 0 S2 51 134
LIDODERM 67 38 51 73
PAROXETINE HCL 67 43 51 64
LOVASTATIN 66 66 54 26
CRESTOR 64 59 55 28
PLAVIX 63 59 56 55
OXYCONTIN 62 14 S2 57 92
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 59 58 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 47 58 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 35 60 94
RAMIPRIL 57 42 60 144
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 41 62 96
NITROSTAT 55 49 62 145
VENTOLIN HFA 54 50 64 116
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 54 0 64 271
BUMETANIDE 52 46 66 104
QUINAPRIL HCL 51 48 67 131
MELOXICAM 51 39 67 68
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 50 37 S2 69 80
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.