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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,357Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 944

$874K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 944

879 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

8% of this provider’s 879 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 879 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,394 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 962 898 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 806 764 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 746 686 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 716 650 4 4
LISINOPRIL 676 577 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 594 547 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 443 392 S3 7 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 428 396 8 8
ATENOLOL 387 380 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 370 344 10 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 356 356 11 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 322 304 12 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 300 276 13 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 296 287 14 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 279 239 15 15
METFORMIN HCL 266 242 16 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 264 216 17 17
GABAPENTIN 229 196 18 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 228 187 19 13
LOVASTATIN 227 216 20 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 221 207 21 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 198 22 9
ALLOPURINOL 215 195 22 22
RANITIDINE HCL 189 149 24 42
SERTRALINE HCL 182 182 25 23
FENTANYL 176 174 S2 26 57
GLIPIZIDE 165 154 27 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 159 144 28 40
MIRTAZAPINE 156 155 29 35
KLOR-CON M10 150 150 30 122
GEMFIBROZIL 147 118 31 72
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 144 129 32 61
HUMALOG 141 116 33 109
PRILOSEC OTC 140 136 10 34 162
KLOR-CON M20 139 139 35 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 130 130 36 24
GLIPIZIDE ER 129 123 37 89
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 128 38 27
NEXIUM 119 77 39 53
CLOPIDOGREL 112 105 40 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 112 112 40 85
TRAZODONE HCL 112 79 40 45
CRESTOR 108 103 43 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 108 99 43 33
CARVEDILOL 107 105 45 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 86 R 46 79
PEN NEEDLE 103 89 46 100
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 84 48 48
CLONIDINE HCL 97 96 48 67
GLYBURIDE 96 94 R 50 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 95 86 51 184
PAROXETINE HCL 93 82 52 64
FLOVENT HFA 93 92 52 152
LANTUS 92 74 54 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 70 55 31
NYSTOP 90 78 55 126
FINASTERIDE 89 89 57 83
DIOVAN 87 81 58 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 74 59 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 67 60 98
ROPINIROLE HCL 83 83 60 96
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 82 82 62 60
DILTIAZEM ER 82 78 62 88
LIDODERM 81 70 64 73
PLAVIX 80 76 65 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 80 65 69
COMBIVENT 78 70 67 107
LOPERAMIDE 78 73 67 211
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 76 69 43
PREDNISONE 76 73 69 32
GLIPIZIDE XL 75 75 71 136
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 73 71 99
TRAMADOL HCL 73 59 73 21
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 72 69 74 94
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 69 75 84
FENOFIBRATE 68 51 76 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 66 77 34
VENTOLIN HFA 67 51 77 116
CALCITRIOL 66 54 79 220
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 54 80 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 60 81 44
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 49 S2 81 62
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 55 81 169
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 84 52
FAMOTIDINE 59 59 84 74
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 58 86 143
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 46 87 105
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 52 87 117
SPIRIVA 53 40 89 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 36 90 90
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 44 90 141
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.