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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,385Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 101 out of 2035

$666K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 2035

191 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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

16% of this provider’s 191 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 10,341 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

65 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 727 606 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 681 553 2 9
LISINOPRIL 599 507 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 460 342 4 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 405 375 5 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 366 325 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 304 259 7 6
JANUVIA 289 242 8 85
FAMOTIDINE 277 249 9 71
GLYBURIDE 242 214 R 10 74
ZETIA 237 196 11 84
NEXIUM 200 179 12 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 171 13 13
FUROSEMIDE 183 161 14 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 154 15 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 167 138 16 32
NAPROXEN SODIUM 163 141 17 269
CLOPIDOGREL 153 112 18 30
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 147 110 19 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 89 S3 19 2
PLAVIX 138 116 21 49
GABAPENTIN 134 129 22 14
ATENOLOL 131 93 23 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 110 24 25
CRESTOR 117 59 25 41
TRILIPIX 115 80 26 244
PROAIR HFA 109 78 27 31
RANITIDINE HCL 105 88 28 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 78 29 18
SPIRIVA 101 96 30 44
AMOXICILLIN 95 62 31 116
LIPITOR 92 88 32 134
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 73 33 16
CLONIDINE HCL 89 63 34 61
PROMETHAZINE HCL 88 65 R 35 106
ALLOPURINOL 88 60 35 34
TRAMADOL HCL 87 74 37 19
CARVEDILOL 84 60 38 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 73 39 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 78 40 12
VOLTAREN 78 78 41 141
IBUPROFEN 78 66 41 43
LACTULOSE 77 69 43 96
DIOVAN 77 75 43 76
INDAPAMIDE 74 62 45 169
SERTRALINE HCL 73 47 46 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 55 47 29
ALCOHOL SWABS 71 59 48 182
CAPTOPRIL 70 70 49 421
FINASTERIDE 70 70 49 105
LYRICA 68 53 51 89
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 60 52 123
LIDODERM 65 63 53 72
NIASPAN 62 31 54 165
ACTOS 62 55 54 124
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 54 54 26
AMMONIUM LACTATE 60 60 57 155
PEN NEEDLE 56 39 58 100
SYMBICORT 55 54 59 107
DIGOXIN 51 51 60 67
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 34 61 66
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 Sept. 29, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.