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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,748Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 97 out of 2035

$950K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 2035

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

17% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 412 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 7,351 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 609 367 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 568 282 S3 2 2
LISINOPRIL 473 299 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 387 245 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 386 222 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 342 166 6 9
FUROSEMIDE 319 220 7 7
CARVEDILOL 290 183 8 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 235 9 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 242 159 10 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240 164 11 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 84 12 21
CLOPIDOGREL 155 91 13 30
LIDODERM 145 106 14 72
LYRICA 144 58 15 89
PROAIR HFA 140 57 16 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 132 17 11
RANITIDINE HCL 132 101 18 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 129 95 19 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 83 20 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 102 21 24
SPIRIVA 123 39 21 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 38 23 29
DIGOXIN 119 110 24 67
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 83 25 12
OXYCODONE HCL 117 30 S2 26 62
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 116 23 S2 27 86
OXYCONTIN 115 24 S2 28 152
SERTRALINE HCL 115 67 28 23
ALLOPURINOL 112 67 30 34
PLAVIX 106 61 31 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 55 32 25
NEXIUM 100 43 32 51
PEN NEEDLE 87 44 34 100
ATENOLOL 85 59 35 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 51 35 15
OPANA ER 82 18 S2 37 172
AMOXICILLIN 79 47 38 116
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 49 39 131
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 76 15 40 266
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 74 51 41 288
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 45 42 97
ZETIA 71 55 43 84
GABAPENTIN 69 15 44 14
LANTUS 69 26 44 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 48 46 18
NIASPAN 67 54 47 165
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 17 R 48 101
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 38 49 111
CELEBREX 64 64 49 104
GLIPIZIDE 63 0 51 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 30 51 98
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 54 53 35
METHOCARBAMOL 60 0 R 54 214
PAROXETINE HCL 60 32 54 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 0 R 56 64
NASONEX 59 42 56 207
TRAMADOL HCL 57 24 58 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 22 59 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 30 60 16
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 53 61 102
DETROL LA 51 26 62 237
TRICOR 50 38 63 120
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 50 63 27
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. 31, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.