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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,720Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 2035

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 2035

316 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

24% of this provider’s 316 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 12,960 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 747 617 1 1
LISINOPRIL 567 435 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 494 441 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 471 322 4 9
ATELVIA 425 408 5 164
NEXIUM 351 294 6 51
IBUPROFEN 311 234 7 43
TRAMADOL HCL 295 250 8 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 244 9 8
RANITIDINE HCL 272 204 10 28
FUROSEMIDE 269 228 11 7
CLOPIDOGREL 251 202 12 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 214 13 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 226 194 14 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 182 15 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 196 170 16 4
SPIRIVA 175 155 17 44
AZITHROMYCIN 174 130 18 39
LIDODERM 168 149 19 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 155 151 20 25
GABAPENTIN 150 122 21 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 147 133 22 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 126 23 26
MELOXICAM 139 137 24 56
JANUVIA 139 105 24 85
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 136 102 26 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 117 S3 27 2
CRESTOR 127 118 28 41
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 126 110 29 123
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 124 87 30 142
CARVEDILOL 120 82 31 22
PROAIR HFA 120 79 31 31
PLAVIX 119 96 33 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 104 34 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 76 35 11
ATENOLOL 112 81 36 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 100 37 21
CELEBREX 108 79 38 104
LYRICA 103 90 39 89
MECLIZINE HCL 102 101 40 147
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 89 41 29
VOLTAREN 101 96 41 141
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 55 43 38
GLIPIZIDE ER 96 59 43 131
VENTOLIN HFA 94 65 45 80
DICYCLOMINE HCL 94 87 45 212
METFORMIN HCL ER 94 94 45 78
AMOXICILLIN 93 65 48 116
INSULIN SYRINGE 91 66 49 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 91 53 49 45
DIOVAN HCT 90 90 51 126
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 88 74 52 173
FAMOTIDINE 88 69 52 71
LANTUS 88 59 52 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 82 55 47
DIGOXIN 85 74 56 67
SINGLE USE SWAB 85 81 56 163
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 62 56 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 80 59 15
GLIPIZIDE XL 83 73 59 166
ALLOPURINOL 77 57 61 34
CYMBALTA 75 70 62 59
PAROXETINE HCL 72 67 63 69
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 52 R 64 106
JANUMET 66 66 65 221
DIOVAN 65 65 66 76
SYMBICORT 65 59 66 107
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 55 68 63
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 62 62 R 69 139
ONGLYZA 61 43 70 252
CLONIDINE HCL 61 37 70 61
ZETIA 60 57 72 84
LIPITOR 59 44 73 134
SERTRALINE HCL 59 53 73 23
ALCOHOL SWABS 57 47 75 182
NITROSTAT 55 43 76 167
ACTOS 54 39 77 124
VESICARE 51 51 78 209
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 50 79 118
PROCTOZONE-HC 50 49 79 281
GLIPIZIDE 50 46 79 54
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 July 8, 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.