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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,899Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 176 out of 2588

$703K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 229 out of 2588

324 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 324 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 324 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 10,205 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

43 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 547 385 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 499 392 S3 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 444 335 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 435 361 4 5
LISINOPRIL 408 307 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 315 243 6 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 297 275 7 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 294 255 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 293 257 9 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 292 181 10 12
RANITIDINE HCL 285 180 11 37
NAMENDA 280 269 12 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 273 219 13 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 235 217 14 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 197 133 15 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 135 16 11
RISPERIDONE 177 99 17 57
LANTUS 160 128 18 47
METFORMIN HCL 153 93 19 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 149 105 20 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 87 21 13
IBUPROFEN 138 101 22 62
FAMOTIDINE 136 62 23 36
CARVEDILOL 132 130 24 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 90 24 16
CLOPIDOGREL 126 93 26 30
HYDROXYZINE HCL 126 85 R 26 194
DIGOXIN 122 98 28 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 122 75 28 85
SPIRIVA 120 82 30 56
LACTULOSE 115 112 31 135
GABAPENTIN 110 83 32 18
LOVASTATIN 100 52 33 34
PLAVIX 96 79 34 43
BUSPIRONE HCL 93 49 35 173
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 91 46 R 36 107
MIRTAZAPINE 90 88 37 63
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 66 38 49
PAROXETINE HCL 86 59 39 71
ATENOLOL 83 83 40 14
TRAMADOL HCL 82 74 41 19
CARBAMAZEPINE 82 37 41 146
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 56 43 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 63 44 68
NOVOLOG 78 73 45 103
SERTRALINE HCL 71 55 46 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 51 46 23
DIOVAN 71 45 46 29
PROAIR HFA 70 30 49 50
LEVETIRACETAM 68 41 50 90
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 31 51 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 25 52 40
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 36 52 58
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 63 52 S3 54 80
OLANZAPINE 62 37 55 126
ALLOPURINOL 61 56 56 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 46 57 116
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 59 57 74
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 57 S2 59 218
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 57 22 59 89
JANUVIA 56 45 61 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 46 61 82
FENOFIBRATE 55 27 63 64
AMIODARONE HCL 54 54 64 156
TRAZODONE HCL 53 25 65 61
AMOXICILLIN 51 36 66 130
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 66 83
EXELON 50 38 68 118
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. 2, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.