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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,344Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 92 out of 2588

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 2588

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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 435 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 16,027 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 873 830 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 866 762 2 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 593 568 3 12
LISINOPRIL 445 408 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 444 394 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 435 378 6 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 412 397 7 21
METFORMIN HCL 404 367 8 8
NEXIUM 382 352 9 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 372 345 10 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 367 336 11 16
DIOVAN 366 350 12 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 328 314 13 17
CLOPIDOGREL 314 294 14 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 279 15 11
ALLOPURINOL 273 269 16 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 269 269 17 23
MELOXICAM 259 240 18 51
RANITIDINE HCL 232 206 19 37
PLAVIX 223 216 20 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 222 211 21 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 202 184 22 48
CRESTOR 195 167 23 25
JANUVIA 194 185 24 60
FUROSEMIDE 191 185 25 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 190 170 26 67
ACTOS 169 161 27 105
CARVEDILOL 157 152 28 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 157 157 28 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 150 144 S3 30 7
LIDODERM 150 146 30 86
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 147 145 32 106
GLIPIZIDE XL 134 127 33 140
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 129 105 34 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 124 35 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 127 127 36 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 121 121 37 46
MIRTAZAPINE 118 106 38 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 114 38 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 97 40 82
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 108 41 10
NIFEDIPINE ER 107 107 42 59
BENICAR 106 106 43 143
VYTORIN 104 104 44 200
TRAMADOL HCL 103 82 45 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 103 45 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 47 22
DIOVAN HCT 98 98 48 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 97 49 76
AZITHROMYCIN 97 90 49 45
FELODIPINE ER 94 94 51 108
LIPITOR 84 83 52 114
SPIRIVA 79 75 53 56
MECLIZINE HCL 77 65 54 120
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 75 55 53
NAMENDA 73 73 56 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 65 57 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 70 58 24
CELEBREX 71 65 58 99
CARTIA XT 70 63 60 290
TRICOR 70 70 60 122
NIASPAN 68 36 62 115
BYSTOLIC 68 60 62 110
GABAPENTIN 64 50 64 18
DIGOXIN 62 56 65 38
FENOFIBRATE 62 45 65 64
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 59 53 R 67 241
PREDNISONE 59 56 67 42
CLOZAPINE 57 56 69 163
AMOXICILLIN 54 52 70 130
HEPARIN SODIUM 53 34 71 79
LOVASTATIN 51 51 72 34
NABUMETONE 50 48 73 147
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 March 21, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.