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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,493Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 191 out of 2588

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 152 out of 2588

645 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%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
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this specialty
in Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 645 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 645 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,073 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 539 464 1 1
LISINOPRIL 511 428 2 3
ATENOLOL 416 374 3 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 379 340 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 371 287 5 2
METFORMIN HCL 321 260 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 308 286 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 287 223 8 9
OMEPRAZOLE 250 217 9 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 245 137 S3 10 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 209 10 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 174 12 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 192 179 13 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 172 122 14 24
GEMFIBROZIL 169 135 15 123
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 141 16 21
CRESTOR 145 92 17 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 145 115 17 10
SERTRALINE HCL 144 76 19 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 137 20 22
TRAMADOL HCL 139 132 21 19
CLOPIDOGREL 137 113 22 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 126 109 23 16
PLAVIX 120 96 24 43
MELOXICAM 120 97 24 51
GABAPENTIN 120 76 24 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 91 27 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 95 27 12
DIGOXIN 109 107 29 38
RANITIDINE HCL 108 76 30 37
NEXIUM 107 87 31 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 84 31 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 101 33 46
LOVASTATIN 105 83 34 34
CYMBALTA 105 94 34 70
DIOVAN 103 96 36 29
KLOR-CON M20 103 103 36 52
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 92 38 31
SPIRIVA 100 70 38 56
NAMENDA 98 98 40 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 76 40 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 95 85 42 27
GLYBURIDE 95 74 R 42 65
SYNTHROID 94 94 44 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 93 83 45 76
CLONIDINE HCL 90 85 46 54
ACTOS 85 68 47 105
PREDNISONE 84 75 48 42
ALLOPURINOL 81 78 49 33
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 78 50 171
TRAZODONE HCL 78 61 51 61
VERAPAMIL ER 76 64 52 102
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 57 53 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 39 54 68
PROAIR HFA 70 49 55 50
FINASTERIDE 70 65 55 97
NIFEDIPINE ER 68 56 57 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 46 R 58 87
LANSOPRAZOLE 66 55 58 157
GLIPIZIDE 64 46 60 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 52 61 84
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 37 62 92
LANTUS 58 34 63 47
CARVEDILOL 57 55 64 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 14 64 125
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 53 66 49
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 55 53 S3 67 80
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 42 68 113
TRICOR 52 52 69 122
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 Oct. 29, 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.