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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,449Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 944

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 944

650 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 Wisconsin
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 650 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 650 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 17,758 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
LISINOPRIL 1,131 951 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,061 897 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,053 867 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 766 680 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 713 612 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 640 496 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 544 509 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 488 348 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 475 418 9 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 418 377 10 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 403 301 S3 11 10
ATENOLOL 365 326 12 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 328 267 13 19
ALLOPURINOL 289 279 14 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 279 226 15 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 269 232 16 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 242 223 17 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 240 224 18 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 224 180 19 41
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 201 150 20 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 199 151 21 20
CARVEDILOL 187 151 22 30
FENOFIBRATE 185 115 23 58
GLIMEPIRIDE 170 151 24 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 167 167 25 24
PREDNISONE 166 147 26 32
LANTUS 164 127 27 46
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 161 136 28 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 150 29 13
DIGOXIN 152 136 30 39
RANITIDINE HCL 152 124 30 42
GABAPENTIN 151 123 32 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 150 96 33 48
NAMENDA 143 143 34 37
CRESTOR 141 125 35 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 140 135 36 33
DIOVAN 136 109 37 38
MIRTAZAPINE 133 123 38 35
NIASPAN 132 117 39 76
LOVASTATIN 128 109 40 26
FINASTERIDE 123 123 41 83
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 121 83 R 42 79
SERTRALINE HCL 119 91 43 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 119 73 43 31
CLOPIDOGREL 110 96 45 36
GLIPIZIDE 110 89 45 51
MELOXICAM 106 67 47 68
ZETIA 105 80 48 59
NEXIUM 97 39 49 53
PEN NEEDLE 96 83 50 100
PROAIR HFA 93 45 51 56
RISPERIDONE 91 65 52 78
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 71 52 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 86 78 54 102
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 77 55 77
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 51 56 34
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 84 83 56 147
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 77 58 44
SPIRIVA 82 71 59 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 81 60 124
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 81 60 29
GLYBURIDE 81 69 R 60 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 81 60 87
METOLAZONE 80 68 64 133
DILTIAZEM ER 78 73 65 88
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 69 66 43
NOVOLOG 76 51 67 93
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 75 58 68 101
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 57 68 69
EVISTA 74 66 70 172
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 72 61 71 85
COMBIVENT 72 68 71 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 60 73 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 53 74 66
BACLOFEN 64 0 75 111
DILTIAZEM HCL 64 47 75 196
TRAMADOL HCL 64 56 75 21
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 51 78 168
PLAVIX 60 56 79 55
PAROXETINE HCL 60 60 79 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 38 81 94
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 56 82 103
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 32 83 84
EXELON 54 54 83 149
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 42 83 96
KLOR-CON M20 53 53 86 71
CYMBALTA 52 46 87 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 23 88 98
GEMFIBROZIL 51 27 88 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 39 90 25
BUMETANIDE 50 50 90 104
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 June 3, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.