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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 115 out of 2588

$798K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 2588

720 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

4% of this provider’s 720 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 720 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,820 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 631 563 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 600 508 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 527 459 3 2
LISINOPRIL 515 430 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 490 435 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 446 428 6 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 422 346 7 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 387 343 8 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 386 299 S3 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 352 278 10 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 315 312 11 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 280 246 12 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 272 244 13 11
TRAMADOL HCL 237 205 14 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 221 219 15 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 197 162 16 27
CLOPIDOGREL 187 149 17 30
CARVEDILOL 176 158 18 20
GLYBURIDE 169 136 R 19 65
NAMENDA 164 164 20 32
QUINAPRIL HCL 162 127 21 148
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 137 22 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 150 119 23 28
ATENOLOL 142 125 24 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 141 139 25 49
VERAPAMIL ER 141 122 25 102
SERTRALINE HCL 138 127 27 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 120 28 12
AZITHROMYCIN 132 112 29 45
RANITIDINE HCL 129 103 30 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 125 88 31 31
PLAVIX 122 91 32 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 120 99 R 33 91
MIRTAZAPINE 114 110 34 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 109 35 16
CLONIDINE HCL 112 101 35 54
LANTUS 107 54 37 47
ALLOPURINOL 107 101 37 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 84 39 24
DIOVAN 103 99 40 29
CRESTOR 98 58 41 25
LOVASTATIN 92 84 42 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 85 43 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 90 61 44 81
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 87 86 45 124
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 85 46 74
PROAIR HFA 85 76 46 50
NEXIUM 81 73 48 41
SPIRIVA 76 61 49 56
KLOR-CON 10 76 69 49 75
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 63 51 59
FAMOTIDINE 73 73 52 36
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 73 52 84
DIGOXIN 73 69 52 38
SINGULAIR 70 37 55 94
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 48 56 58
GABAPENTIN 69 56 56 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 66 R 58 87
CYMBALTA 67 40 59 70
ZETIA 66 55 60 69
EVISTA 65 65 61 178
PREDNISONE 65 54 61 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 52 63 68
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 62 64 96
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 61 65 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 35 65 92
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 52 67 39
GEMFIBROZIL 58 43 68 123
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 52 68 46
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 53 68 127
LYRICA 57 48 71 100
FINASTERIDE 54 54 72 97
GLIPIZIDE 54 44 72 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 41 72 98
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 44 75 77
COUMADIN 53 49 75 165
METFORMIN HCL ER 53 53 75 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 43 78 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 28 79 48
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 Aug. 9, 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.