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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,066Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 944

$820K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 944

561 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

5% of this provider’s 561 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 561 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 15,308 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
SIMVASTATIN 670 605 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 607 507 2 8
FUROSEMIDE 549 506 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 548 445 4 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 539 466 5 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 529 473 6 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 521 461 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 419 380 8 15
ATENOLOL 397 335 9 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 392 355 10 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 390 334 11 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 343 269 12 13
SERTRALINE HCL 316 252 13 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 314 279 14 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 302 212 S3 15 10
CLOPIDOGREL 274 239 16 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 266 242 17 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 255 18 16
GABAPENTIN 240 188 19 18
LISINOPRIL 224 202 20 3
TRAMADOL HCL 221 179 21 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 200 190 22 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 200 156 22 87
PLAVIX 199 184 24 55
CARVEDILOL 196 177 25 30
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 176 169 26 143
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 147 27 9
DIGOXIN 169 165 28 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 29 24
TRAZODONE HCL 164 127 30 45
METFORMIN HCL 153 130 31 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 150 113 32 17
NEXIUM 128 111 33 53
LANTUS 123 88 34 46
GLIPIZIDE 122 103 35 51
ALLOPURINOL 119 112 36 22
CRESTOR 116 104 37 28
AZITHROMYCIN 109 99 38 70
PROAIR HFA 108 68 39 56
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 107 86 40 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 102 41 27
AMIODARONE HCL 104 88 41 173
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 85 43 31
PREDNISONE 95 74 44 32
NAMENDA 94 94 45 37
LACTULOSE 92 84 46 161
MIRTAZAPINE 92 91 46 35
LIPITOR 92 64 46 91
BUMETANIDE 90 55 49 104
DIOVAN 90 90 49 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 62 R 51 86
CITALOPRAM HBR 88 50 51 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 74 53 44
CLONIDINE HCL 84 62 54 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 74 55 25
NIASPAN 83 47 55 76
RANITIDINE HCL 80 54 57 42
HALOPERIDOL 78 70 58 239
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 72 58 117
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 64 60 90
METFORMIN HCL ER 76 34 61 49
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 75 75 62 101
LOVASTATIN 73 67 63 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 72 64 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 70 66 65 89
PAROXETINE HCL 69 52 66 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 68 67 69
MELOXICAM 67 58 68 68
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 61 68 61
BYSTOLIC 66 66 70 123
HUMALOG 65 43 71 109
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 64 58 R 72 132
SINGULAIR 63 54 73 151
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 50 74 66
GEMFIBROZIL 60 54 75 72
CYMBALTA 56 51 76 75
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 55 76 84
SPIRIVA 55 54 78 65
GLYBURIDE 55 44 R 78 63
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 July 9, 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.