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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,770Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 236

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 236

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

12% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,609 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $138 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 1,034 934 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 986 917 2 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 741 691 3 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 575 548 4 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 560 497 S3 5 5
LISINOPRIL 482 443 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 465 396 7 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 407 386 8 9
CARVEDILOL 346 324 9 45
SIMVASTATIN 329 308 10 6
FENTANYL 306 280 S2 11 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 288 268 12 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 280 256 13 36
GABAPENTIN 260 201 14 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 229 15 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 241 237 16 46
LOVASTATIN 234 184 17 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 230 18 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 199 194 19 50
TRAMADOL HCL 193 188 20 35
MIRTAZAPINE 189 182 21 55
GLIPIZIDE ER 188 170 22 84
CLOPIDOGREL 180 167 23 40
NAMENDA 172 172 24 65
METFORMIN HCL 171 129 25 20
LANTUS 166 135 26 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165 137 27 62
SERTRALINE HCL 158 140 28 28
GLIPIZIDE 156 137 29 93
ALLOPURINOL 150 141 30 66
PAROXETINE HCL 148 128 31 81
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 145 31 36
METOLAZONE 146 137 33 96
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 141 85 34 97
ATENOLOL 133 129 35 33
LYRICA 129 95 36 68
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 129 124 36 107
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 110 38 59
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 105 39 111
RANITIDINE HCL 121 112 40 4
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 117 110 41 113
PLAVIX 117 111 41 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 115 43 3
NYSTOP 112 112 44 115
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 111 110 45 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 108 96 46 119
KLOR-CON M20 107 94 47 120
PREDNISONE 105 101 48 56
CLONIDINE HCL 105 99 48 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 103 92 50 123
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 101 84 51 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 89 52 2
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 100 39 S2 52 124
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 87 54 34
SOTALOL 96 96 55 126
DIGOXIN 95 95 56 89
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 90 57 128
DIOVAN 87 86 58 129
AZITHROMYCIN 87 74 58 51
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 78 60 131
FENOFIBRATE 80 49 61 83
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 80 80 61 132
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 79 78 63 133
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 66 64 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 59 65 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 75 66 72
MORPHINE SULFATE 74 69 S2 67 136
FAMOTIDINE 74 66 67 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 69 69 102
CYMBALTA 71 66 70 63
PROAIR HFA 69 45 71 53
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 68 12 72 139
ACTOS 67 56 73 98
GLIPIZIDE XL 66 57 74 95
DILTIAZEM HCL 65 65 75 142
SPIRIVA 64 44 76 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 51 77 44
LEVETIRACETAM 63 63 77 102
MELOXICAM 62 57 79 104
OLANZAPINE 59 59 80 98
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 57 81 152
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 54 81 82
MIDODRINE HCL 56 56 83 153
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 56 54 83 153
NYSTATIN 55 54 85 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 45 85 69
SYNTHROID 55 48 85 156
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 55 46 S3 85 76
HUMULIN R 55 54 85 156
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 36 R 90 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 52 91 163
AMIODARONE HCL 52 52 91 163
BUMETANIDE 51 35 93 120
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 39 93 92
LIDODERM 50 50 95 168
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 8, 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.