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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,201Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 2588

$847K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 136 out of 2588

543 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

6% of this provider’s 543 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 543 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 14,206 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 837 502 S3 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 765 532 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 757 660 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 615 382 4 6
LISINOPRIL 581 434 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 562 408 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 471 431 7 9
METFORMIN HCL 417 311 8 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 392 298 9 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 392 349 9 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 390 314 11 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 384 332 12 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 339 297 13 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 227 14 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 273 230 15 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 272 242 16 11
FAMOTIDINE 259 155 17 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 245 181 18 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 243 208 19 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 192 20 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 103 21 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210 168 22 12
GABAPENTIN 205 159 23 18
KLOR-CON 10 204 152 24 75
NAMENDA 201 187 25 32
CRESTOR 195 140 26 25
TRAMADOL HCL 192 147 27 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 190 136 28 53
ATENOLOL 182 136 29 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 169 119 30 23
CARVEDILOL 168 129 31 20
CLOPIDOGREL 151 138 32 30
FENOFIBRATE 145 69 33 64
KLOR-CON M20 139 139 34 52
SERTRALINE HCL 131 97 35 26
CEFUROXIME 125 98 36 183
TRICOR 124 71 37 122
CLONIDINE HCL 124 64 37 54
DIOVAN 117 82 39 29
PLAVIX 116 107 40 43
ALLOPURINOL 113 77 41 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 108 23 42 121
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 78 43 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 78 44 24
RANITIDINE HCL 102 47 44 37
MIRTAZAPINE 101 97 46 63
GLIPIZIDE 100 81 47 44
ZETIA 97 83 48 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 95 49 68
LANTUS 91 57 50 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 88 50 48
AMOXICILLIN 91 66 50 130
DIGOXIN 85 74 53 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 84 49 54 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 83 56 55 109
ACTONEL 81 50 56 184
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 66 57 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 66 58 40
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 74 39 59 136
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 67 60 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 31 61 92
GLIPIZIDE ER 69 47 62 73
AZITHROMYCIN 66 48 63 45
ABILIFY 64 0 64 134
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 63 41 65 85
CYMBALTA 61 38 66 70
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 60 57 67 293
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 41 68 82
NITROSTAT 57 49 69 181
LOVASTATIN 56 48 70 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 56 70 59
VALPROIC ACID 55 0 72 174
PROAIR HFA 54 40 73 50
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 53 40 74 253
FELODIPINE ER 52 43 75 108
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 48 75 113
GLYBURIDE 52 51 R 75 65
NOVOLOG 50 49 78 103
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 50 33 78 159
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.