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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,392Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 944

$747K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 944

616 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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
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this specialty
in Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,254 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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 $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 Wisconsin
SIMVASTATIN 707 609 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 611 514 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 511 386 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 409 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 384 370 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 383 349 6 6
ATENOLOL 292 250 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 291 237 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 288 259 9 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 284 244 10 14
LISINOPRIL 279 243 11 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 269 165 S3 12 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 250 221 13 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 248 221 14 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 220 211 15 9
TRAMADOL HCL 165 127 16 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 144 16 29
ALLOPURINOL 157 125 18 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 126 19 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 127 20 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143 130 21 15
LOVASTATIN 142 124 22 26
OXYCODONE HCL 138 47 S2 23 50
DIGOXIN 132 132 24 39
SERTRALINE HCL 128 85 25 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 120 26 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 121 27 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 111 28 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 110 97 29 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 98 30 40
GLIPIZIDE 105 73 31 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 95 91 32 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 68 33 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 66 33 27
GABAPENTIN 91 67 35 18
CLOPIDOGREL 89 71 36 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 71 37 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 68 38 47
LANTUS 73 57 39 46
ACTOS 72 48 40 128
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 71 41 20
LIPITOR 70 57 42 91
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 70 66 42 157
FENOFIBRATE 68 45 44 58
JANUVIA 67 61 45 81
PAROXETINE HCL 67 62 45 64
PREDNISONE 67 52 45 32
FINASTERIDE 67 67 45 83
RANITIDINE HCL 67 62 45 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 61 50 52
GLIPIZIDE ER 64 64 51 89
PROAIR HFA 61 42 52 56
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 53 52 105
CRESTOR 61 58 52 28
CARVEDILOL 61 55 52 30
NAMENDA 60 60 56 37
PLAVIX 59 51 57 55
ZETIA 57 45 58 59
TRAZODONE HCL 56 46 59 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 37 59 48
KLOR-CON 10 56 53 59 115
VYTORIN 55 51 62 182
METFORMIN HCL ER 52 41 63 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 41 64 121
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 37 64 136
LIDODERM 50 47 66 73
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 36 66 141
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 April 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.