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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,916Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 2035

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 2035

660 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

7% of this provider’s 660 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 660 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,449 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,163 433 S3 1 2
LISINOPRIL 994 490 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 957 491 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 874 473 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 621 364 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 559 323 6 8
RANITIDINE HCL 422 213 7 28
PROAIR HFA 383 177 8 31
OMEPRAZOLE 366 186 9 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 366 192 9 18
GABAPENTIN 347 178 11 14
METFORMIN HCL 341 192 12 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 285 148 13 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 278 118 14 12
TRAMADOL HCL 266 136 15 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 250 162 16 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 246 131 17 32
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 233 140 S3 18 52
SPIRIVA 232 147 19 44
CLOPIDOGREL 221 166 20 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 216 59 21 29
CARVEDILOL 207 132 22 22
MELOXICAM 194 84 23 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 190 86 24 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 172 109 25 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 168 59 R 26 106
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 166 136 27 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 156 28 24
NAPROXEN 162 74 29 92
IBUPROFEN 160 76 30 43
NEXIUM 160 104 30 51
KLOR-CON 8 156 84 32 258
VENTOLIN HFA 150 60 33 80
LANTUS 149 60 34 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 80 35 20
FLUCONAZOLE 147 61 36 198
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 146 30 R 37 64
MEGESTROL ACETATE 144 108 R 38 175
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 139 86 39 191
ABILIFY 136 48 40 174
GLIPIZIDE 133 74 41 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 131 71 42 45
TRAZODONE HCL 128 92 43 50
CARISOPRODOL 127 16 R 44 57
OXYCODONE HCL 126 33 S2 45 62
PLAVIX 126 102 45 49
NAMENDA 117 116 47 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 77 47 42
LEVETIRACETAM 116 42 49 87
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 114 53 50 123
AMMONIUM LACTATE 109 69 51 155
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 108 64 52 90
MUPIROCIN 108 58 52 275
GEMFIBROZIL 106 38 54 114
NIFEDIPINE ER 104 49 55 98
ATENOLOL 104 83 55 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 103 55 57 75
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 70 58 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 100 37 58 97
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 55 60 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 51 61 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 62 61 16
MIRTAZAPINE 90 75 63 46
HYDROCORTISONE 88 29 64 156
LIDODERM 87 54 65 72
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 48 66 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 44 66 13
ALLOPURINOL 83 65 66 34
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 83 17 66 132
SYMBICORT 82 37 70 107
LORATADINE 82 52 70 314
NITROSTAT 82 51 70 167
RISPERIDONE 81 47 73 68
CLONIDINE HCL 80 44 74 61
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 76 21 75 246
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 74 43 76 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 60 77 15
VESICARE 72 22 77 209
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 71 29 79 102
NOVOLIN 70-30 70 31 80 178
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 18 81 129
NYSTATIN 68 54 81 103
TRICOR 66 23 83 120
LYRICA 60 37 84 89
CRESTOR 59 32 85 41
NOVOLOG 59 0 85 95
KLOR-CON 10 59 47 85 193
SURE COMFORT 57 0 88 243
FAMOTIDINE 56 40 89 71
AZITHROMYCIN 54 22 90 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 30 91 27
LACTULOSE 53 30 91 96
KLOR-CON M20 52 39 93 73
EXELON 51 46 94 151
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 21 94 122
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 50 96 316
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 March 9, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.