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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,928Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 2035

$748K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 120 out of 2035

461 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

10% of this provider’s 461 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 461 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 13,148 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,171 753 S3 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 654 562 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 564 476 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 542 483 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 453 392 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 423 383 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 394 340 7 7
LISINOPRIL 364 282 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 331 295 9 9
PREDNISONE 267 193 10 36
GABAPENTIN 258 204 11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 256 210 12 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 240 234 13 48
SERTRALINE HCL 216 176 14 23
MIRTAZAPINE 201 192 15 46
RISPERIDONE 195 193 16 68
WARFARIN SODIUM 189 179 17 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 185 185 18 70
AMOXICILLIN 182 143 19 116
TRAZODONE HCL 163 149 20 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 119 21 20
AZITHROMYCIN 152 85 22 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 150 129 23 75
CLOPIDOGREL 150 132 23 30
CARISOPRODOL 144 22 R 25 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 83 26 21
IBUPROFEN 136 98 27 43
RANITIDINE HCL 136 131 27 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 124 29 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 119 30 32
ATENOLOL 132 99 31 10
TRAMADOL HCL 132 103 31 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 124 S2 33 181
LOVASTATIN 123 80 34 33
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 118 116 S3 35 52
PROAIR HFA 112 72 36 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 105 37 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 94 38 77
PLAVIX 104 98 38 49
CARVEDILOL 102 73 40 22
FENTANYL 97 95 S2 41 53
CYMBALTA 95 67 42 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 85 43 13
NAMENDA 87 87 44 37
LANTUS 87 60 44 40
NOVOLIN 70-30 84 82 46 178
VENTOLIN HFA 84 66 46 80
GLIPIZIDE 83 80 48 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 77 48 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 41 50 12
NEXIUM 81 64 51 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 71 52 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 71 53 45
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 71 54 102
DIGOXIN 71 68 55 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 63 55 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 65 57 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 57 58 63
ALLOPURINOL 67 49 59 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 62 60 25
GLYBURIDE 65 56 R 60 74
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 55 60 35
LEVETIRACETAM 64 52 63 87
TERAZOSIN HCL 63 63 64 149
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 58 65 27
SEROQUEL 57 57 66 153
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 55 55 67 259
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 51 51 68 254
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 38 69 176
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 March 10, 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.