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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,423Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 944

$807K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 944

560 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

8% of this provider’s 560 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 560 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 9,436 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% 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

29 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 964 429 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 782 392 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 599 389 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 443 277 4 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 436 345 5 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 394 323 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 383 286 7 6
GABAPENTIN 371 197 8 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 329 255 9 14
LISINOPRIL 309 178 10 3
SERTRALINE HCL 274 175 11 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 269 202 12 5
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 200 68 13 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 194 86 14 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 151 14 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 192 160 16 20
DIGOXIN 187 154 17 39
FAMOTIDINE 179 68 18 74
ATENOLOL 176 132 19 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 173 30 20 41
ALLOPURINOL 173 135 20 22
RANITIDINE HCL 168 112 22 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 163 109 23 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 163 135 23 15
LOVASTATIN 160 88 25 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 73 S3 25 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 152 109 27 43
NEXIUM 146 23 28 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 136 101 29 33
TRAZODONE HCL 116 75 30 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 114 21 31 85
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 110 70 32 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 51 33 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 84 34 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 68 35 31
CLONIDINE HCL 88 62 36 67
SUCRALFATE 88 46 36 249
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 71 38 66
CLOPIDOGREL 84 60 39 36
CARBAMAZEPINE 84 12 39 164
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 77 41 77
GLIPIZIDE 81 75 42 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 42 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 30 44 48
PEN NEEDLE 79 31 45 100
NAMENDA 79 22 45 37
RISPERIDONE 78 34 47 78
CARVEDILOL 77 49 48 30
EVISTA 77 77 48 172
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 34 50 61
NAPROXEN 71 43 51 113
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 28 52 29
ZETIA 67 35 52 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 45 54 17
KETOCONAZOLE 66 17 54 248
OLANZAPINE 64 0 56 125
FENTANYL 61 55 S2 57 57
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 59 11 58 179
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 20 59 103
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 58 0 R 59 198
FINASTERIDE 58 45 59 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 34 59 102
GEMFIBROZIL 58 0 59 72
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 29 64 94
PLAVIX 56 44 64 55
PREDNISONE 56 40 64 32
FLOVENT HFA 55 25 67 152
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55 29 S2 67 80
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 55 55 67 137
LACTULOSE 54 13 70 161
NIASPAN 53 30 71 76
SINGULAIR 53 39 71 151
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 73 236
TRAMADOL HCL 52 21 73 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 0 73 69
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 35 76 49
IBUPROFEN 50 19 77 140
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. 4, 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.