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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,236Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 117

$741K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 117

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

13% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,989 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 995 966 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 796 709 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 668 640 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 614 575 4 6
GABAPENTIN 527 519 5 16
LISINOPRIL 517 473 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 475 452 7 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 460 416 8 8
METFORMIN HCL 398 372 9 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 394 359 10 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 375 373 11 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 345 301 S3 12 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 328 283 13 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 320 297 14 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 314 15 10
NAMENDA 312 303 16 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 308 300 17 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 299 294 18 23
ALLOPURINOL 284 272 19 48
TRAMADOL HCL 227 199 20 18
CLONIDINE HCL 197 171 21 73
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 191 179 22 12
PREDNISONE 188 185 23 49
DIGOXIN 179 163 24 35
ATENOLOL 171 166 25 20
GLYBURIDE 170 170 R 26 88
SERTRALINE HCL 158 146 27 22
CLOPIDOGREL 155 147 28 30
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 138 131 29 109
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 134 132 30 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 132 31 19
KLOR-CON 10 130 123 32 100
FAMOTIDINE 130 105 32 38
PLAVIX 125 120 34 47
DIOVAN 118 118 35 31
LANTUS 117 91 36 43
MELOXICAM 113 104 37 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 89 38 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 106 39 33
KLOR-CON M20 107 102 40 34
RANITIDINE HCL 106 106 41 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 94 42 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 71 43 51
KLOR-CON M10 100 96 44 89
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 84 45 65
CARVEDILOL 86 86 46 24
BUPROPION HCL SR 86 64 46 190
TRAZODONE HCL 84 64 48 44
METOLAZONE 80 76 49 112
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 80 49 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 49 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 78 52 29
SYNTHROID 79 79 52 102
CRESTOR 78 77 54 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 55 52
MIRTAZAPINE 74 54 56 25
TRICOR 73 66 57 142
SOTALOL 72 72 58 225
GLIPIZIDE 71 71 59 37
PROAIR HFA 69 67 60 56
NEXIUM 69 42 60 62
PAROXETINE HCL 68 47 62 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 51 63 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 66 63 121
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 56 65 87
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 50 65 95
LEXAPRO 63 63 67 117
LOVASTATIN 63 62 67 40
SPIRIVA 60 45 69 60
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 59 70 170
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 58 58 71 79
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 45 72 137
IRBESARTAN 56 47 73 248
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 54 41 74 179
HUMULIN N 52 52 75 258
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 March 24, 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.