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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,890Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 944

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 944

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 460 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 11,191 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 692 559 1 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 518 462 2 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 515 427 3 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 505 419 4 17
LISINOPRIL 483 392 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 397 328 6 4
CRESTOR 385 255 7 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 306 296 8 16
FUROSEMIDE 291 267 9 6
SIMVASTATIN 283 258 10 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 240 11 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 249 213 12 44
DIOVAN 236 206 13 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 234 217 14 7
BYSTOLIC 194 164 15 123
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 127 S2 16 62
METFORMIN HCL 171 158 17 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 140 18 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 155 122 S3 19 10
DIOVAN HCT 148 127 20 108
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 145 21 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 133 22 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 101 23 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 118 24 13
FINASTERIDE 120 113 25 83
LOVAZA 116 63 26 175
TRAMADOL HCL 113 68 27 21
PREDNISONE 113 101 27 32
GEMFIBROZIL 112 68 29 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 110 76 30 31
TRICOR 110 97 30 158
CARVEDILOL 109 89 32 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 98 33 27
RANITIDINE HCL 101 68 34 42
FENOFIBRATE 100 81 35 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 71 36 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 70 36 15
CLOPIDOGREL 95 90 38 36
JANUVIA 93 81 39 81
ALLOPURINOL 91 87 40 22
ATENOLOL 91 76 40 11
NIASPAN 90 76 42 76
OXYCONTIN 84 62 S2 43 92
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 54 44 14
NEXIUM 81 72 45 53
MELOXICAM 78 63 46 68
PLAVIX 77 63 47 55
OXYCODONE HCL 76 51 S2 48 50
GABAPENTIN 75 26 49 18
CELEBREX 74 73 50 110
LOVASTATIN 74 60 50 26
TEKTURNA 72 61 52 321
VESICARE 72 57 52 138
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 58 54 47
SERTRALINE HCL 70 56 55 23
NAMENDA 68 68 56 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 66 54 57 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 45 58 34
ANDROGEL 59 38 S3 59 236
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 41 60 103
EXFORGE 53 34 61 218
ZETIA 53 53 61 59
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 53 43 61 358
PROAIR HFA 53 26 61 56
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 44 65 96
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 April 23, 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.