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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,542Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 2035

$851K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 2035

632 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,400 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 701 593 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 585 546 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 535 339 S3 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 475 378 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 453 390 5 11
TRAMADOL HCL 373 296 6 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 313 271 7 6
LISINOPRIL 297 261 8 3
SIMVASTATIN 285 251 9 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 268 242 10 20
GABAPENTIN 259 201 11 14
CARVEDILOL 220 200 12 22
RISPERIDONE 217 177 13 68
SERTRALINE HCL 210 147 14 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 187 15 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 207 185 16 18
FENTANYL 190 152 S2 17 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 185 167 18 48
LANTUS 182 148 19 40
ATENOLOL 177 163 20 10
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 176 150 21 117
DONEPEZIL HCL 168 168 22 24
LOVASTATIN 160 127 23 33
JANTOVEN 158 137 24 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 153 127 25 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 147 103 26 70
KLOR-CON M20 144 126 27 73
METFORMIN HCL 140 127 28 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 134 74 29 75
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 131 125 30 94
TRAZODONE HCL 131 69 30 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 125 117 32 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 123 33 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 109 34 38
CYMBALTA 115 93 35 59
NAMENDA 111 110 36 37
CLOZAPINE 110 110 37 200
LYRICA 105 91 38 89
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 82 39 25
CLOPIDOGREL 101 85 40 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 77 40 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 75 42 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 76 43 29
MIRTAZAPINE 87 82 44 46
LEVETIRACETAM 83 38 45 87
NOVOLOG 81 75 46 95
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 53 47 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 57 47 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 70 47 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 67 47 17
OLANZAPINE 80 60 47 121
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 68 52 99
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 46 53 81
BUMETANIDE 76 48 53 79
PLAVIX 73 65 55 49
KLOR-CON M10 67 38 56 158
LIDODERM 66 44 57 72
MELOXICAM 64 64 58 56
DIGOXIN 62 53 59 67
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 59 59 90
NYSTOP 60 51 61 150
ENABLEX 59 48 62 306
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 58 62 113
ALLOPURINOL 58 55 64 34
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 53 65 146
RANITIDINE HCL 56 34 65 28
GLIPIZIDE 53 41 67 54
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 11 R 68 106
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 49 68 13
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 41 70 66
NYSTATIN 51 45 70 103
TOPIRAMATE 51 17 70 184
LAMOTRIGINE 50 50 73 203
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. 25, 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.