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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,045Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 597 out of 2429

$315K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 660 out of 2429

252 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

10% of this provider’s 252 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 252 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,472 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 Illinois
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 134 S3 1 6
METFORMIN HCL 190 149 2 8
ATENOLOL 158 59 3 15
SIMVASTATIN 154 90 4 1
LISINOPRIL 147 122 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 146 141 6 3
RANITIDINE HCL 138 48 7 24
OMEPRAZOLE 136 77 8 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 124 101 9 32
TRAMADOL HCL 120 40 10 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 101 10 16
LOVASTATIN 114 92 12 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 77 13 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 54 14 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 38 R 15 71
PAROXETINE HCL 84 48 16 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 19 17 27
PROAIR HFA 72 26 18 41
CRESTOR 70 27 19 25
FUROSEMIDE 64 56 20 5
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 23 R 21 69
METHADONE HCL 61 12 S2 22 219
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 32 23 76
CLOPIDOGREL 57 40 24 31
FENTANYL 54 13 S2 25 59
NIASPAN 53 15 26 113
PREDNISONE 53 36 26 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 23 26 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 29 20
MIRTAZAPINE 51 12 30 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 51 46 30 4
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 Nov. 9, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.