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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,874Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 405 out of 2035

$494K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 310 out of 2035

452 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 452 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 5,889 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
SIMVASTATIN 413 376 1 1
LISINOPRIL 410 359 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 363 303 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 243 212 4 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 167 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 178 167 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 158 121 7 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 75 8 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 108 9 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 118 81 S3 10 2
ATENOLOL 115 115 11 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 86 12 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 103 12 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 94 14 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 93 14 38
CRESTOR 86 63 16 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 73 17 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84 70 18 8
ALLOPURINOL 83 68 19 34
SPIRIVA 81 75 20 44
FUROSEMIDE 78 73 21 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 55 22 55
TERAZOSIN HCL 71 61 23 149
CLOPIDOGREL 70 49 24 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 64 25 25
GABAPENTIN 67 42 26 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 60 27 29
MELOXICAM 61 54 28 56
RANITIDINE HCL 61 53 28 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 51 30 113
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 30 35
TRAMADOL HCL 56 42 32 19
LOVASTATIN 55 51 33 33
CARVEDILOL 54 47 34 22
PLAVIX 53 40 35 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 27 36 32
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.