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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,367Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 468 out of 2035

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 587 out of 2035

439 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

10% of this provider’s 439 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,515 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 331 307 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 221 189 2 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 198 182 3 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 159 4 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 129 S3 5 2
AZITHROMYCIN 173 152 6 39
FUROSEMIDE 173 163 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 163 159 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 163 144 8 5
PREDNISONE 123 114 10 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 120 107 11 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 109 12 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 100 13 26
LISINOPRIL 105 98 14 3
GABAPENTIN 98 78 15 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 89 78 16 18
ALLOPURINOL 87 70 17 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 55 18 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 84 72 19 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 63 20 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 69 21 47
ATENOLOL 76 76 22 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 62 23 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 62 24 27
TRAMADOL HCL 70 68 25 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 70 25 25
VERAPAMIL ER 70 59 25 115
SYNTHROID 68 57 28 83
PROAIR HFA 67 52 29 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 57 30 16
SINGULAIR 57 39 31 119
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 46 32 32
LOVASTATIN 55 55 32 33
CLONIDINE HCL 54 42 34 61
CARVEDILOL 53 53 35 22
DIGOXIN 50 45 36 67
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 Dec. 12, 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.