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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,330Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 743 out of 2588

$306K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1031 out of 2588

296 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

5% of this provider’s 296 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 296 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 5,012 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

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 275 254 1 2
LISINOPRIL 244 215 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 215 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 215 186 4 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 186 96 S3 5 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 175 144 6 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 147 7 16
FUROSEMIDE 135 113 8 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 106 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 126 93 10 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 126 114 10 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 118 12 27
SIMVASTATIN 119 107 13 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104 79 14 9
RANITIDINE HCL 94 83 15 37
TRAMADOL HCL 94 72 15 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 48 17 92
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 49 18 35
LOVASTATIN 79 73 19 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 50 20 28
MELOXICAM 76 57 21 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 71 22 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 72 23 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 61 23 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 51 25 40
ATENOLOL 64 59 26 14
CYMBALTA 64 36 26 70
SERTRALINE HCL 64 56 26 26
CARVEDILOL 56 55 29 20
DIOVAN 56 44 29 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 43 29 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 47 32 24
VESICARE 51 35 33 172
GABAPENTIN 50 34 34 18
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 34 85
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 Dec. 30, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.