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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,069Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 2588

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 2588

879 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 879 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 879 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 17,286 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

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 916 790 1 1
LISINOPRIL 868 788 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 779 685 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 637 575 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 621 402 S3 5 7
CARVEDILOL 542 510 6 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 486 424 7 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 457 432 8 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 446 413 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 437 374 10 4
TRAMADOL HCL 437 354 10 19
MELOXICAM 373 267 12 51
OMEPRAZOLE 302 261 13 6
ACTOS 295 258 14 105
DIGOXIN 295 291 14 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 280 263 16 21
METFORMIN HCL 269 170 17 8
NAMENDA 236 224 18 32
ATENOLOL 230 192 19 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 229 164 20 12
SERTRALINE HCL 211 193 21 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 184 21 11
CYMBALTA 208 142 23 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 198 24 9
GABAPENTIN 205 139 25 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 188 159 26 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 169 137 27 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 167 149 28 27
TEKTURNA 160 160 29 283
VERAPAMIL ER 156 128 30 102
CLOPIDOGREL 152 131 31 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 127 32 66
LYRICA 142 57 33 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 127 33 13
CELEBREX 138 133 35 99
PAROXETINE HCL 138 63 35 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 101 37 48
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 133 116 R 38 241
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 80 39 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 129 94 R 40 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 114 41 35
ALLOPURINOL 123 110 42 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 121 104 43 77
VYTORIN 120 118 44 200
PLAVIX 119 107 45 43
EVISTA 117 106 46 178
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 98 47 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 108 48 22
CRESTOR 103 79 49 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 102 78 50 113
FLUOXETINE HCL 100 78 51 92
TRAZODONE HCL 100 37 51 61
ZETIA 100 89 51 69
NABUMETONE 98 87 54 147
FENTANYL 96 59 S2 55 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 83 56 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 91 56 23
JANUVIA 94 69 58 60
SPIRIVA 94 74 58 56
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 92 80 60 144
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 46 60 74
PROAIR HFA 90 68 62 50
EXELON 89 82 63 118
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 86 61 64 89
PROPRANOLOL HCL 85 62 65 128
PEN NEEDLE 83 56 66 112
MIRTAZAPINE 80 74 67 63
PREDNISONE 79 63 68 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 66 69 83
NEXIUM 73 48 70 41
LANTUS 72 62 71 47
MECLIZINE HCL 71 64 72 120
AGGRENOX 71 64 72 214
AZITHROMYCIN 70 58 74 45
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 70 70 74 149
DIOVAN 68 48 76 29
SYNTHROID 67 63 77 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 56 78 49
HUMALOG 66 53 78 141
SOTALOL 63 63 80 297
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 63 80 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 27 S3 82 80
OLANZAPINE 59 34 83 126
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 46 84 125
CLONIDINE HCL 57 32 85 54
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 52 86 31
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 44 86 73
EXFORGE 56 44 86 209
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 52 52 89 270
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 12 90 225
KLOR-CON 10 50 50 91 75
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 July 8, 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.