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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,433Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 128 out of 2588

$845K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 2588

488 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

2% of this provider’s 488 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 488 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 8,543 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 656 368 S3 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 579 289 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 536 277 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 483 296 4 5
LISINOPRIL 375 225 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 365 159 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 344 245 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293 231 8 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 267 186 9 15
FAMOTIDINE 262 130 10 36
METFORMIN HCL 253 84 11 8
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 245 120 12 82
WARFARIN SODIUM 228 134 13 10
TRAMADOL HCL 212 74 14 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 201 126 15 28
AZITHROMYCIN 201 117 15 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 191 95 17 39
BUMETANIDE 190 123 18 117
PROAIR HFA 189 82 19 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 183 118 20 24
CLOPIDOGREL 179 141 21 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 97 22 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 117 23 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 120 24 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 149 61 25 58
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 144 14 R 26 107
MELOXICAM 136 69 27 51
CARISOPRODOL 126 40 R 28 233
PREDNISONE 120 39 29 42
IBUPROFEN 113 13 30 62
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 112 39 S3 31 80
ALLOPURINOL 111 78 32 33
CEPHALEXIN 107 62 33 138
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 77 34 11
FLUCONAZOLE 104 21 35 277
KLOR-CON 10 101 69 36 75
PLAVIX 101 89 36 43
SERTRALINE HCL 101 68 36 26
GLYBURIDE 99 49 R 39 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 76 40 17
DIGOXIN 97 73 41 38
FENOFIBRATE 97 21 41 64
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 97 82 41 49
NAMENDA 94 73 44 32
LYRICA 94 52 44 100
GABAPENTIN 92 45 46 18
ATENOLOL 90 52 47 14
CARVEDILOL 86 37 48 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 32 49 48
SPIRIVA 80 23 50 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 49 51 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 62 51 13
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 44 53 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 36 53 92
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 75 13 55 121
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 75 36 55 131
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 26 R 57 87
CLONIDINE HCL 73 49 57 54
GLIPIZIDE 72 24 59 44
SINGULAIR 66 26 60 94
LANTUS 63 32 61 47
METOLAZONE 62 47 62 152
NEXIUM 62 47 62 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 40 64 31
TRAZODONE HCL 58 16 65 61
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 32 65 81
RISPERIDONE 57 13 67 57
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 39 67 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 22 69 89
VENTOLIN HFA 55 0 69 101
CRESTOR 52 45 71 25
NAPROXEN 52 26 71 95
NIASPAN 50 25 73 115
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.