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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,420Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 2588

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 2588

378 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

11% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 378 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 18,424 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

57 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 899 758 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 812 749 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 768 698 3 6
SERTRALINE HCL 761 685 4 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 718 718 5 10
LISINOPRIL 659 597 6 3
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 635 458 7 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 519 512 8 22
TRAMADOL HCL 483 419 9 19
SIMVASTATIN 455 414 10 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 391 391 11 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 386 363 12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 348 318 13 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 344 308 S3 14 7
FENTANYL 297 296 S2 15 78
RANITIDINE HCL 289 254 16 37
GABAPENTIN 282 258 17 18
FORTICAL 245 90 18 293
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 241 187 19 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 223 184 20 83
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 222 199 21 158
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 222 215 21 116
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 196 186 23 12
NAMENDA 196 189 23 32
DIGOXIN 195 195 25 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 188 149 26 85
BACLOFEN 188 19 26 142
MIRTAZAPINE 186 173 28 63
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 184 29 13
RISPERIDONE 179 140 30 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 168 164 31 104
CARVEDILOL 163 163 32 20
GLIPIZIDE 161 136 33 44
NOVOLIN R 161 158 33 175
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 161 125 33 74
DIOVAN 157 157 36 29
LANTUS 152 141 37 47
CLOPIDOGREL 150 150 38 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 142 39 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 140 140 40 113
PAROXETINE HCL 139 93 41 71
OLANZAPINE 134 98 42 126
LEVOFLOXACIN 126 107 43 77
KLOR-CON M20 124 120 44 52
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 114 44 68
LEVETIRACETAM 117 55 46 90
METFORMIN HCL 117 104 46 8
CEPHALEXIN 113 108 48 138
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 107 105 49 24
PREDNISONE 107 106 49 42
PLAVIX 105 105 51 43
ATENOLOL 105 68 51 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 101 53 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 102 54 98
FINASTERIDE 101 101 55 97
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 100 95 56 106
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 98 98 57 149
LAMOTRIGINE 98 17 57 170
LIDODERM 97 97 59 86
AZITHROMYCIN 95 88 60 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 91 61 23
KLOR-CON M10 85 82 62 139
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 79 63 127
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 21 64 89
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 55 64 92
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 79 66 28
OXCARBAZEPINE 79 14 66 192
GENERLAC 71 41 68 284
NYSTOP 70 62 69 242
LATANOPROST 66 66 70 286
AMIODARONE HCL 65 65 71 156
DILTIAZEM HCL 65 65 71 228
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 64 73 17
GALANTAMINE HBR 63 63 74 353
TRAZODONE HCL 63 48 74 61
ENULOSE 63 35 74 298
ALLOPURINOL 63 49 74 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 60 74 82
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 62 49 79 188
LYRICA 61 52 80 100
FENOFIBRATE 60 26 81 64
NITROFURANTOIN 59 16 82 372
CYMBALTA 59 47 82 70
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 42 84 151
SEROQUEL 58 46 84 186
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 86 232
TRANSDERM-SCOP 57 48 86 301
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 88 49
ZYPREXA 53 22 88 285
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 53 88 39
ERYTHROMYCIN 51 43 91 530
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. 5, 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.