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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,476Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 2588

$769K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 182 out of 2588

363 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 363 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 7,838 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 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
SIMVASTATIN 749 366 1 1
LISINOPRIL 515 298 2 3
RISPERIDONE 490 149 3 57
OMEPRAZOLE 479 227 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 462 333 5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 445 376 6 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 382 138 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 313 154 8 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 308 237 9 10
FUROSEMIDE 275 223 10 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 262 262 11 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 250 197 12 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 230 153 13 23
LEVETIRACETAM 190 0 14 90
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 189 43 15 89
IBUPROFEN 186 105 16 62
CARBAMAZEPINE 177 22 17 146
CITALOPRAM HBR 172 94 18 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 171 24 19 40
NAMENDA 167 166 20 32
KLOR-CON M20 158 148 21 52
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 155 41 R 22 107
LAMOTRIGINE 153 0 23 170
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 151 87 24 85
NIFEDIPINE ER 149 121 25 59
BUSPIRONE HCL 146 0 26 173
NAPROXEN 145 36 27 95
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 144 0 28 74
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 116 29 11
FAMOTIDINE 135 84 29 36
SERTRALINE HCL 135 39 29 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 127 98 32 31
OLANZAPINE 123 28 33 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 58 34 12
NIASPAN 109 23 35 115
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 70 S3 36 7
ABILIFY 104 26 37 134
GLIPIZIDE 103 73 38 44
LOVASTATIN 94 81 39 34
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 92 37 40 121
DIOVAN 90 51 41 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 49 42 28
PAROXETINE HCL 87 13 42 71
MIRTAZAPINE 85 23 44 63
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 83 0 45 347
OXCARBAZEPINE 82 0 46 192
TOPIRAMATE 81 0 47 167
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 81 47 53
TRAZODONE HCL 80 20 49 61
ATENOLOL 79 32 50 14
METFORMIN HCL ER 78 39 51 67
CLOPIDOGREL 77 77 52 30
CARVEDILOL 77 48 52 20
ALLOPURINOL 77 27 52 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 51 55 17
SINGLE USE SWAB 74 30 56 326
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 32 56 92
KETOCONAZOLE 73 26 58 195
DIGOXIN 71 46 59 38
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 18 60 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 47 60 21
FENOFIBRATE 67 20 62 64
NIFEDIAC CC 66 26 63 253
RANITIDINE HCL 66 27 63 37
TRAVATAN Z 65 24 65 232
PREDNISONE 64 26 66 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 39 67 93
GABAPENTIN 61 40 68 18
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 50 68 132
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 35 68 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 59 28 71 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 25 72 48
NEXIUM 56 33 73 41
CLONIDINE HCL 54 42 74 54
PLAVIX 53 44 75 43
FELODIPINE ER 52 50 76 108
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 12 76 58
KLOR-CON M10 50 23 78 139
FINASTERIDE 50 25 78 97
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.