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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,297Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 326

$527K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 326

863 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,526 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 360 327 1 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 339 315 2 10
LISINOPRIL 322 278 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 294 251 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 290 244 5 2
CARVEDILOL 243 208 6 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 240 223 7 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 234 181 8 19
CLOPIDOGREL 208 184 9 23
CRESTOR 198 169 10 33
HYDRALAZINE HCL 196 184 11 48
WARFARIN SODIUM 194 159 12 11
ATENOLOL 192 179 13 13
PLAVIX 183 170 14 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 144 15 14
FUROSEMIDE 149 123 16 7
FENOFIBRATE 145 109 17 141
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 111 18 9
ZETIA 130 117 19 87
DIGOXIN 98 72 20 45
PRADAXA 86 83 21 98
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 79 22 24
NIASPAN 82 68 23 201
NITROSTAT 78 62 24 71
AMIODARONE HCL 75 71 25 137
EFFIENT 67 45 26 232
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 57 27 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 43 28 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 50 29 159
LOVASTATIN 56 33 29 46
DIOVAN 50 49 31 119
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 Jan. 5, 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.