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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,106Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 2035

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 2035

335 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
40%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

4% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,377 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
NEXIUM 701 340 1 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 532 148 S3 2 2
CRESTOR 409 183 3 41
OMEPRAZOLE 259 103 4 5
VOLTAREN 218 118 5 141
METFORMIN HCL 217 107 6 9
IBUPROFEN 214 73 7 43
CELEBREX 201 117 8 104
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 55 9 26
LYRICA 185 56 10 89
LISINOPRIL 181 119 11 3
JANUVIA 175 97 12 85
TAMSULOSIN HCL 173 103 13 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 168 108 14 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 40 15 16
TIZANIDINE HCL 138 38 16 261
JANUMET 135 93 17 221
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 124 65 18 6
TRAMADOL HCL 123 48 19 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 53 20 18
LIDODERM 118 65 20 72
SYMBICORT 116 36 22 107
SINGULAIR 115 42 23 119
COMBIVENT 115 40 23 154
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 112 53 25 123
FUROSEMIDE 106 60 26 7
HYDROCORTISONE 106 37 26 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 39 28 38
MEGACE ES 103 70 R 29 355
GABAPENTIN 99 37 30 14
PROAIR HFA 99 31 30 31
AVODART 98 72 32 225
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 46 33 63
HYDROXYZINE HCL 94 22 R 34 208
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 31 35 48
NASONEX 84 18 36 207
SIMVASTATIN 83 37 37 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 51 37 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 82 39 39 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 24 40 21
CARVEDILOL 79 49 41 22
AZITHROMYCIN 77 33 42 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 43 43 29
SERTRALINE HCL 72 18 44 23
CLOPIDOGREL 72 63 44 30
ACTOS 69 31 46 124
DIOVAN 69 44 46 76
DESOXIMETASONE 69 21 46 312
PREDNISONE 68 37 49 36
PLAVIX 67 48 50 49
LOVAZA 64 19 51 137
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 23 51 99
GEMFIBROZIL 63 25 53 114
PATANOL 62 23 54 233
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 60 0 R 55 438
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 23 56 212
BYSTOLIC 59 42 56 108
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 59 31 56 204
PEN NEEDLE 58 34 59 100
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 58 21 59 288
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 19 61 24
ACTOPLUS MET 56 21 62 338
SINGLE USE SWAB 55 37 63 163
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 26 63 142
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 15 65 187
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 54 18 65 168
GLIPIZIDE XL 53 31 67 166
DIOVAN HCT 52 28 68 126
SPIRIVA 51 14 69 44
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 50 16 70 173
CIPRODEX 50 22 70 480
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.