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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,316Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 135 out of 2588

$687K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 243 out of 2588

359 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

8% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,668 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
OMEPRAZOLE 577 520 1 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 444 250 S3 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 444 415 2 2
LISINOPRIL 435 354 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 425 396 5 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 365 354 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 349 310 7 1
FUROSEMIDE 334 286 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 319 241 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 314 249 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 307 290 11 15
GABAPENTIN 283 217 12 18
ATENOLOL 276 253 13 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 250 227 14 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 244 196 15 46
NIFEDIPINE ER 241 197 16 59
DIOVAN 224 202 17 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 205 175 18 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 171 19 11
MIRTAZAPINE 190 138 20 63
TRAMADOL HCL 187 150 21 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 178 143 22 92
LOVASTATIN 174 145 23 34
CLOPIDOGREL 161 141 24 30
CLONIDINE HCL 156 127 25 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 140 26 17
TORSEMIDE 152 125 27 133
CRESTOR 148 80 28 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 112 29 13
ALLOPURINOL 140 130 30 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 100 31 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 121 32 35
PLAVIX 117 106 33 43
LANTUS 113 85 34 47
SERTRALINE HCL 113 108 34 26
DIGOXIN 113 113 34 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 112 90 37 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 111 107 38 24
INSULIN SYRINGE 110 66 39 81
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 82 R 40 91
KLOR-CON 10 105 79 40 75
NIFEDICAL XL 105 102 40 179
NIFEDIAC CC 104 98 43 253
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 62 44 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 97 89 45 58
FENTANYL 94 68 S2 46 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 74 46 40
GLIPIZIDE XL 90 84 48 140
CARVEDILOL 90 78 48 20
RANITIDINE HCL 89 71 50 37
ROPINIROLE HCL 86 86 51 113
GLIPIZIDE ER 85 48 52 73
VERAPAMIL ER 84 84 53 102
NEXIUM 83 65 54 41
RISPERIDONE 80 76 55 57
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 78 66 56 198
PREMARIN 77 65 R 57 247
TOPIRAMATE 76 51 58 167
KLOR-CON M20 75 40 59 52
PROAIR HFA 73 25 60 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 48 61 23
PREDNISONE 71 62 62 42
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 46 63 109
FLOVENT HFA 68 47 64 191
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 68 64 66
SPIRIVA 67 32 66 56
GLIPIZIDE 66 63 67 44
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 61 51 68 124
BENICAR 61 61 68 143
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 50 70 49
AZITHROMYCIN 57 45 71 45
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 57 71 85
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 37 73 125
METOLAZONE 56 56 73 152
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 56 73 244
INDAPAMIDE 56 43 73 189
IBUPROFEN 55 23 77 62
HUMULIN 70-30 53 25 78 230
CYMBALTA 51 33 79 70
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 Dec. 23, 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.