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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,109Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 2588

$2.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 2588

852 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 852 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 852 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 29,639 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

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,301 1,203 1 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,251 1,103 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,138 1,009 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,131 1,013 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 998 936 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 914 800 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 815 752 7 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 649 625 8 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 553 455 9 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 502 497 10 22
LISINOPRIL 486 413 11 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 470 374 S3 12 7
NAMENDA 448 429 13 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 445 400 14 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 431 395 15 27
METFORMIN HCL 407 331 16 8
GABAPENTIN 385 337 17 18
TRAMADOL HCL 382 338 18 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 379 345 19 12
CARVEDILOL 338 292 20 20
CLOPIDOGREL 298 274 21 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 269 197 22 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 268 234 23 28
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 268 209 23 158
MIRTAZAPINE 265 241 25 63
LIDODERM 262 239 26 86
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 252 248 27 83
DIOVAN 251 217 28 29
PLAVIX 250 232 29 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 245 232 30 16
FINASTERIDE 239 237 31 97
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 239 201 31 104
SERTRALINE HCL 229 225 33 26
MELOXICAM 228 199 34 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 227 216 35 48
BUMETANIDE 224 193 36 117
KLOR-CON M20 221 191 37 52
LANTUS 216 150 38 47
JANUVIA 211 195 39 60
KLOR-CON M10 206 175 40 139
ATENOLOL 204 179 41 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 198 173 42 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL 198 179 42 53
LABETALOL HCL 197 187 44 177
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 194 175 45 96
CLONIDINE HCL 193 188 46 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 187 169 47 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 183 159 48 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 174 170 49 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 172 158 50 82
ZETIA 171 155 51 69
SPIRIVA 168 148 52 56
SANTYL 165 90 53 160
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 163 129 54 106
CYMBALTA 161 76 55 70
PREDNISONE 161 147 55 42
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 158 155 57 116
ALLOPURINOL 158 156 57 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 156 141 59 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 155 121 60 40
TRAZODONE HCL 152 114 61 61
GLIPIZIDE 151 118 62 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 122 63 13
SODIUM CHLORIDE 145 106 64 168
MEGESTROL ACETATE 141 131 R 65 169
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 141 130 65 46
AZITHROMYCIN 141 123 65 45
NOVOLOG 140 115 68 103
LEVETIRACETAM 135 100 69 90
GLIMEPIRIDE 134 100 70 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 133 132 71 74
NEXIUM 132 100 72 41
FAMOTIDINE 129 108 73 36
DIGOXIN 128 128 74 38
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 126 121 75 159
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 123 76 49
FENOFIBRATE 122 118 77 64
LIPITOR 113 103 78 114
PROCRIT 109 109 79 316
SPIRONOLACTONE 109 85 79 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 107 94 81 85
CEPHALEXIN 104 85 82 138
SINGULAIR 95 84 83 94
AMOXICILLIN 94 84 84 130
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 67 85 109
HUMALOG 93 72 85 141
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 74 87 93
LOVAZA 89 88 88 119
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 88 74 89 151
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 88 74 89 155
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 86 69 91 234
LOVASTATIN 86 80 91 34
LYRICA 85 46 93 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 62 94 66
BACLOFEN 84 23 94 142
SYNTHROID 84 84 94 88
KLOR-CON 10 82 79 97 75
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 66 97 89
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 78 99 59
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 57 100 125
TRICOR 79 75 101 122
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 79 65 101 220
METOLAZONE 78 71 103 152
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 78 78 103 355
EXELON 76 68 105 118
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 74 105 84
CRESTOR 76 70 105 25
AVODART 76 76 105 164
RISPERIDONE 73 68 109 57
DILTIAZEM ER 73 68 109 150
AMIODARONE HCL 73 68 109 156
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 72 64 112 465
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 71 64 113 131
VESICARE 70 62 114 172
RANITIDINE HCL 70 53 114 37
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 33 116 225
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 61 117 92
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 65 117 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 66 119 113
NYSTATIN 65 46 120 196
VANCOMYCIN HCL 63 34 121 265
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 59 121 153
PAROXETINE HCL 62 59 123 71
QUINAPRIL HCL 61 61 124 148
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 60 49 125 485
PEN NEEDLE 60 40 125 112
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 49 125 81
LEXAPRO 60 60 125 182
MECLIZINE HCL 60 46 125 120
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 59 45 130 149
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 45 130 215
SEROQUEL 57 56 132 186
METRONIDAZOLE 56 34 133 263
TRAVATAN Z 55 55 134 232
ABILIFY 55 40 134 134
FENTANYL 55 25 S2 134 78
PROAIR HFA 54 33 137 50
CLARITHROMYCIN ER 54 37 137 503
CEFADROXIL 53 47 139 513
CALCITONIN-SALMON 52 39 140 203
DILTIAZEM HCL 51 51 141 228
NOVOLIN R 50 33 142 175
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 39 142 76
BENICAR 50 50 142 143
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 Sept. 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.