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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,177Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 500 out of 2588

$417K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 646 out of 2588

380 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

9% of this provider’s 380 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 7,892 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 456 425 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 428 413 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 414 404 3 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 327 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 276 276 5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 219 6 13
LISINOPRIL 220 210 7 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 215 205 S3 8 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 191 9 11
ATENOLOL 186 186 10 14
DIGOXIN 162 158 11 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 152 141 12 10
OMEPRAZOLE 149 148 13 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 146 14 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 145 15 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 123 16 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 107 17 24
DIOVAN 112 112 18 29
KLOR-CON M20 92 92 19 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 89 20 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 78 21 27
CLOPIDOGREL 83 83 22 30
GABAPENTIN 79 79 23 18
METFORMIN HCL 78 78 24 8
KLOR-CON 10 71 70 25 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 68 26 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 69 26 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 69 28 68
PLAVIX 67 67 29 43
NAMENDA 67 67 29 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 59 31 28
SYNTHROID 59 59 31 88
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 55 33 46
SPIRIVA 55 55 33 56
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 Nov. 10, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.