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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,542Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 103

$861K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 103

593 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

4% of this provider’s 593 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 593 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,277 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 Michigan
SIMVASTATIN 756 681 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 679 637 2 4
LISINOPRIL 588 567 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 504 479 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 410 394 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 360 307 S3 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 330 315 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 307 304 8 9
NAMENDA 305 304 9 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 302 270 10 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 302 284 10 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 288 288 12 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 264 13 23
METFORMIN HCL 262 220 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 202 15 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 187 16 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 201 17 12
SERTRALINE HCL 178 154 18 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 174 141 19 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 163 19 35
GABAPENTIN 172 155 21 13
ATENOLOL 158 140 22 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 144 23 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 139 95 24 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 129 25 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 125 105 26 46
AZITHROMYCIN 122 106 27 61
TRAZODONE HCL 120 105 28 39
MIRTAZAPINE 118 108 29 24
DIGOXIN 116 110 30 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 108 95 31 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 102 32 26
RISPERIDONE 105 93 33 41
CARVEDILOL 100 94 34 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 95 95 35 136
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 76 36 111
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 82 37 15
ALLOPURINOL 86 81 38 36
MELOXICAM 84 84 39 79
OLANZAPINE 83 83 40 84
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 81 64 41 50
LANTUS 77 36 42 29
CLOPIDOGREL 76 56 43 28
LEVETIRACETAM 76 62 43 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 71 45 59
FAMOTIDINE 71 58 46 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 65 47 91
TRAMADOL HCL 64 64 48 20
BUMETANIDE 62 57 49 54
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 47 50 112
SYNTHROID 61 60 50 103
BUPROPION XL 60 60 52 178
FENTANYL 60 60 S2 52 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 56 54 43
SEROQUEL 57 48 55 105
CLONIDINE HCL 56 55 56 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 46 56 90
DIOVAN 56 45 56 72
VYTORIN 55 45 59 183
PREDNISONE 53 45 60 38
PLAVIX 53 47 60 44
MECLIZINE HCL 51 51 62 178
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 49 63 47
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. 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.