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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,927Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 119 out of 2588

$879K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 123 out of 2588

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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 Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,987 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Illinois
SIMVASTATIN 1,099 973 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 812 754 2 5
LISINOPRIL 742 678 3 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 611 583 4 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 511 441 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 503 449 6 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 494 427 7 35
OMEPRAZOLE 366 341 8 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 311 263 S3 9 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 308 281 10 21
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 260 11 171
TAMSULOSIN HCL 286 264 12 23
METFORMIN HCL 263 218 13 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 239 14 9
ALLOPURINOL 229 211 15 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 226 186 16 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 218 211 17 10
FENOFIBRATE 200 153 18 64
RANITIDINE HCL 167 119 19 37
FINASTERIDE 167 167 19 97
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 159 139 21 226
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 124 22 16
TRAMADOL HCL 141 107 23 19
NAMENDA 126 126 24 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 125 25 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 113 25 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 117 27 27
LOVASTATIN 116 116 28 34
MELOXICAM 104 98 29 51
FAMOTIDINE 103 100 30 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 103 102 30 17
CRESTOR 99 88 32 25
GABAPENTIN 96 82 33 18
LANTUS 96 89 33 47
AGGRENOX 95 95 35 214
SERTRALINE HCL 95 74 35 26
MIRTAZAPINE 95 86 35 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 65 38 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 86 83 39 76
CLOPIDOGREL 85 70 40 30
PREDNISONE 83 73 41 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 62 42 92
SPIRIVA 80 53 42 56
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 78 49 R 44 162
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 78 66 44 149
CARVEDILOL 77 77 46 20
CYMBALTA 77 73 46 70
TRICOR 73 38 48 122
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 64 49 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 62 50 77
PLAVIX 71 61 50 43
ATENOLOL 70 60 52 14
AMOXICILLIN 68 62 53 130
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 66 54 74
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 63 54 58
CLONIDINE HCL 64 54 56 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 42 57 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 57 13
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 42 59 81
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 53 60 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 55 61 49
HUMALOG 52 43 62 141
GLYBURIDE 52 49 R 62 65
PROAIR HFA 51 42 64 50
OLANZAPINE 50 50 65 126
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 May 4, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.