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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,353Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 2035

$527K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 271 out of 2035

461 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
31%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 461 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 5,015 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,027 354 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 717 224 2 5
LISINOPRIL 564 185 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 560 136 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 487 193 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 470 122 6 9
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 405 30 7 224
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 383 141 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 383 136 8 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 284 163 10 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 262 135 11 6
RANITIDINE HCL 237 59 12 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 221 110 13 32
NIASPAN 191 31 14 165
IBUPROFEN 166 29 15 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165 13 16 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 91 S3 17 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 62 18 13
GLIPIZIDE 145 24 19 54
PROAIR HFA 142 50 20 31
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 140 37 21 102
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 39 22 42
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 123 40 23 132
AZITHROMYCIN 115 36 24 39
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 114 43 25 144
SPIRONOLACTONE 114 64 25 65
CARVEDILOL 102 55 27 22
FAMOTIDINE 102 24 27 71
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 42 29 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 63 30 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 33 31 26
LANTUS 97 38 32 40
AMMONIUM LACTATE 97 24 32 155
TRAMADOL HCL 95 32 34 19
ALLOPURINOL 93 54 35 34
NAPROXEN 93 38 35 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 39 37 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 0 38 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 53 39 15
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 83 16 40 123
LEVETIRACETAM 82 34 41 87
ALCOHOL SWABS 77 24 42 182
CLONIDINE HCL 76 24 43 61
LACTULOSE 75 0 44 96
HYDROCORTISONE 69 29 45 156
CLOPIDOGREL 69 41 45 30
KETOCONAZOLE 66 12 47 215
PLAVIX 64 47 48 49
KLOR-CON M20 63 30 49 73
CRESTOR 63 0 49 41
VENTOLIN HFA 62 0 51 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 14 52 38
DILANTIN 59 30 53 332
NASONEX 57 40 54 207
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 22 55 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 20 56 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 20 56 35
SYMBICORT 54 21 58 107
SINGULAIR 53 0 59 119
GABAPENTIN 51 21 60 14
SURE COMFORT 51 31 60 243
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 51 17 60 125
KLOR-CON M10 50 29 63 158
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 Sept. 4, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.