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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,606Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 2588

$764K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 184 out of 2588

818 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

10% of this provider’s 818 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,778 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$41 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 915 841 1 4
LISINOPRIL 749 713 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 743 706 3 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 723 690 4 13
METFORMIN HCL 661 624 5 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 547 506 6 12
LOVASTATIN 497 496 7 34
OMEPRAZOLE 497 452 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 495 483 9 9
NIFEDIPINE ER 435 401 10 59
ATENOLOL 433 411 11 14
FUROSEMIDE 424 367 12 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 424 404 12 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 397 380 14 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 341 316 15 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 306 284 16 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 282 229 S3 17 7
FELODIPINE ER 279 274 18 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 256 247 19 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 242 201 20 31
DIOVAN 239 226 21 29
GLIPIZIDE 235 214 22 44
GABAPENTIN 226 190 23 18
RANITIDINE HCL 218 203 24 37
GLYBURIDE 210 196 R 25 65
MELOXICAM 201 177 26 51
CARVEDILOL 200 162 27 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 196 28 66
TRAMADOL HCL 187 166 29 19
KLOR-CON 10 179 160 30 75
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 175 161 31 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 136 129 32 15
GLIPIZIDE ER 125 114 33 73
KLOR-CON M20 125 103 33 52
NIFEDICAL XL 124 121 35 179
VERAPAMIL ER 120 120 36 102
ALLOPURINOL 120 98 36 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 119 109 38 11
CLONIDINE HCL 117 85 39 54
NAMENDA 111 111 40 32
INSULIN SYRINGE 110 98 41 81
JANUVIA 107 94 42 60
IBUPROFEN 106 82 43 62
DIGOXIN 105 98 44 38
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 101 76 S3 45 80
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 93 46 21
CLOPIDOGREL 92 86 47 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 63 R 48 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 73 49 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 88 63 50 53
FAMOTIDINE 88 75 50 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 84 52 22
PEN NEEDLE 80 59 53 112
PLAVIX 79 78 54 43
VENTOLIN HFA 78 58 55 101
DIOVAN HCT 78 78 55 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 76 57 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 57 58 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 65 59 132
HUMULIN 70-30 70 60 60 230
METHIMAZOLE 69 62 61 322
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 43 62 49
NAPROXEN 68 67 62 95
DILTIAZEM ER 68 62 62 150
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 47 62 93
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 53 66 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 66 66 166
NIFEDIAC CC 65 57 68 253
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 64 69 84
PREDNISONE 64 42 69 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 71 96
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 56 72 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 43 72 106
COLCRYS 53 51 74 217
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.