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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,530Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 2035

$875K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 2035

619 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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

9% of this provider’s 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 619 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 12,286 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 643 585 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 577 464 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 551 476 3 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 503 450 4 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 463 329 S3 5 2
ATENOLOL 413 370 6 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 373 336 7 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 310 274 8 20
LISINOPRIL 310 283 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 281 255 10 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 264 243 11 6
GABAPENTIN 246 210 12 14
FUROSEMIDE 224 215 13 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 194 14 21
ALPRAZOLAM 212 176 15 109
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 210 189 16 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 201 179 17 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 194 180 18 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 174 160 19 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 167 156 20 11
CRESTOR 157 141 21 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 146 22 47
CYMBALTA 137 61 23 59
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 135 117 24 241
LOVASTATIN 134 122 25 33
ALLOPURINOL 129 125 26 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 110 27 29
SERTRALINE HCL 120 98 28 23
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 116 98 R 29 344
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 104 94 30 35
TOPIRAMATE 104 56 30 184
CARVEDILOL 102 94 32 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 87 R 32 101
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 102 102 32 111
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 94 35 16
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 98 58 S2 36 218
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 90 37 32
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 89 77 38 142
TRAZODONE HCL 87 63 39 50
CLOPIDOGREL 86 83 40 30
RANITIDINE HCL 86 56 40 28
TRAMADOL HCL 84 73 42 19
JANUVIA 82 74 43 85
PAROXETINE HCL 81 80 44 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 57 44 65
PREDNISONE 78 70 46 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 69 47 17
AZITHROMYCIN 76 67 47 39
ESTRADIOL 72 66 R 49 293
DIGOXIN 72 72 49 67
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 61 51 196
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 70 52 149
CELEBREX 70 56 52 104
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 62 R 54 64
PLAVIX 67 66 55 49
METHADONE HCL 67 57 S2 55 93
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 60 57 12
NAMENDA 62 61 57 37
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 46 59 161
BUMETANIDE 61 57 59 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 21 61 70
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 42 61 202
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 63 24
PEN NEEDLE 57 52 63 100
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 55 40 65 123
FENTANYL 55 44 S2 65 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 49 67 25
GLYBURIDE 52 42 R 67 74
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 Feb. 3, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.