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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,574Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 2035

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 2035

468 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

21% of this provider’s 468 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 468 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,310 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,010 1,007 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 705 695 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 586 585 3 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 524 524 4 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 509 502 5 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 447 447 6 24
FAMOTIDINE 403 403 7 71
NAMENDA 386 386 8 37
SERTRALINE HCL 386 370 8 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 377 373 S3 10 2
LISINOPRIL 376 375 11 3
MIRTAZAPINE 374 366 12 46
GABAPENTIN 357 353 13 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 354 343 14 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 343 343 15 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 316 16 8
TRAMADOL HCL 307 307 17 19
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 285 284 18 94
LANTUS 280 276 19 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 273 273 20 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 271 271 21 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 234 234 22 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 232 23 18
CYMBALTA 230 230 24 59
NYSTATIN 229 228 25 103
FENTANYL 223 222 S2 26 53
ATENOLOL 222 222 27 10
NOVOLOG 210 202 28 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 199 199 29 65
CLOTRIMAZOLE 184 182 30 331
TORSEMIDE 178 178 31 157
SIMVASTATIN 177 177 32 1
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 174 174 33 29
CARVEDILOL 174 157 33 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 173 171 35 38
GLIPIZIDE 161 161 36 54
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 151 151 37 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 148 38 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 144 139 39 130
CALCITONIN-SALMON 141 141 40 266
MELOXICAM 141 141 40 56
DIOVAN 131 124 42 76
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 122 43 70
PREDNISONE 119 119 44 36
METHADONE HCL 118 118 S2 45 93
GALANTAMINE HBR 117 117 46 249
PAROXETINE HCL 114 114 47 69
DIGOXIN 114 114 47 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 105 49 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 112 112 50 45
CEPHALEXIN 107 105 51 91
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 102 51 13
CLOPIDOGREL 103 96 53 30
ALLOPURINOL 103 103 53 34
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 103 102 53 90
LOPERAMIDE 102 101 56 270
LATANOPROST 100 100 57 177
SPIRIVA 98 98 58 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 97 97 59 122
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 94 91 60 263
TRAVATAN Z 91 91 61 199
LOVASTATIN 91 91 61 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 88 63 99
AZITHROMYCIN 86 86 64 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 84 64 21
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 85 85 66 195
LEVETIRACETAM 84 84 67 87
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 83 83 68 142
HYDROCORTISONE 83 81 68 156
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 82 70 63
BUMETANIDE 82 82 70 79
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 79 79 72 373
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 79 72 75
PLAVIX 77 77 74 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 75 32
EVISTA 75 75 76 136
FINASTERIDE 74 74 77 105
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 71 78 77
TRAZODONE HCL 72 70 79 50
RISPERIDONE 69 69 80 68
BACLOFEN 68 62 81 112
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 67 67 82 220
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 65 83 12
EXELON 65 65 84 151
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 64 85 110
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 63 86 113
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 62 87 161
KLOR-CON M10 61 61 88 158
NYSTOP 60 60 89 150
PRADAXA 57 57 90 242
COMBIVENT 56 56 91 154
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 55 55 92 284
METFORMIN HCL 54 51 93 9
CRESTOR 53 53 94 41
OXYCODONE HCL 53 52 S2 94 62
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 14, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.