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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,232Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 493 out of 2035

$378K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 528 out of 2035

454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

9% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,642 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 398 120 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 232 178 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 218 133 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 137 94 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 136 109 5 9
GABAPENTIN 116 47 6 14
METHADONE HCL 114 0 S2 7 93
ATENOLOL 113 77 8 10
LISINOPRIL 105 85 9 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 67 10 12
FUROSEMIDE 93 41 11 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 48 12 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 73 13 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 82 73 14 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 50 14 20
PREDNISONE 77 70 16 36
CARISOPRODOL 70 0 R 17 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 46 18 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 60 19 16
TRAMADOL HCL 63 38 20 19
SERTRALINE HCL 61 23 21 23
TRAZODONE HCL 58 20 22 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 21 23 77
DIGOXIN 56 32 24 67
PROAIR HFA 56 26 24 31
OXYCODONE HCL 56 12 S2 24 62
VERAPAMIL ER 53 44 27 115
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 37 28 129
IBUPROFEN 52 21 28 43
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 Oct. 11, 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.