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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,572Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 325 out of 2588

$510K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 451 out of 2588

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

33% of this provider’s 408 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 5,991 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LISINOPRIL 484 337 1 3
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 461 195 S3 2 80
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 376 200 3 13
SIMVASTATIN 375 285 4 1
PROAIR HFA 337 117 5 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 230 6 4
PROMETHAZINE HCL 327 102 R 7 180
IBUPROFEN 304 145 8 62
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 284 108 S3 9 7
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 238 105 10 106
RANITIDINE HCL 219 84 11 37
METFORMIN HCL 217 144 12 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 203 134 13 31
FLOVENT HFA 201 49 14 191
NAPROXEN 188 116 15 95
FUROSEMIDE 179 152 16 5
CLONIDINE HCL 177 51 17 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 107 18 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 169 123 19 2
NIFEDIPINE ER 168 97 20 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150 73 21 15
OMEPRAZOLE 147 61 22 6
ATENOLOL 142 101 23 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 108 24 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 66 25 40
VENTOLIN HFA 120 41 26 101
AMOXICILLIN 115 39 27 130
GLIPIZIDE 110 100 28 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 79 29 12
LOVASTATIN 100 48 30 34
TRAMADOL HCL 98 64 31 19
GABAPENTIN 97 48 32 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 63 33 11
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 52 34 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 43 35 81
PREDNISONE 70 25 36 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 68 37 10
FAMOTIDINE 61 40 38 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 51 39 28
HYDROCORTISONE 58 34 39 221
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 51 39 131
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 52 42 22
TRAZODONE HCL 56 20 42 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 0 R 44 91
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.