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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,011Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 2588

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 2588

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 551 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 16,347 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,015 682 S3 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 844 724 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 745 623 3 2
LISINOPRIL 612 476 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 526 347 5 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 506 429 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 491 437 7 4
SIMVASTATIN 489 418 8 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 447 359 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 391 313 10 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 281 221 11 16
TRAMADOL HCL 280 200 12 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 273 208 13 24
METFORMIN HCL 265 205 14 8
FAMOTIDINE 265 201 14 36
NAMENDA 245 245 16 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 242 187 17 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 241 177 18 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 182 19 27
AZITHROMYCIN 230 187 20 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 224 224 21 22
CARVEDILOL 220 191 22 20
DIGOXIN 192 168 23 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 192 150 23 12
ATENOLOL 188 164 25 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 178 154 26 49
CLOPIDOGREL 165 119 27 30
PROAIR HFA 165 98 27 50
SPIRIVA 154 109 29 56
LYRICA 150 117 30 100
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 144 31 21
CLONIDINE HCL 143 127 32 54
SERTRALINE HCL 143 102 32 26
MIRTAZAPINE 139 117 34 63
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 137 134 35 149
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 137 109 35 46
FENOFIBRATE 133 79 37 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 132 127 38 76
TRILIPIX 131 94 39 185
KLOR-CON 8 129 120 40 260
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 103 41 77
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 124 99 42 188
ROPINIROLE HCL 119 80 43 113
PLAVIX 119 87 43 43
RISPERIDONE 118 95 45 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 116 105 46 68
DIOVAN 114 103 47 29
FENTANYL 113 94 S2 48 78
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 111 111 49 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 109 68 50 81
CRESTOR 105 74 51 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 104 55 R 52 87
AMOXICILLIN 102 71 53 130
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 92 54 17
TRAZODONE HCL 96 67 55 61
MELOXICAM 95 78 56 51
RANITIDINE HCL 94 44 57 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 68 57 28
GABAPENTIN 93 66 59 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 93 83 59 55
ALLOPURINOL 91 59 61 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 74 62 23
GLIPIZIDE 88 88 63 44
CELEBREX 86 81 64 99
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 83 65 53
DIOVAN HCT 83 83 65 72
CYMBALTA 81 77 67 70
LEVETIRACETAM 80 67 68 90
TOPIRAMATE 76 24 69 167
NAPROXEN 75 60 70 95
IBUPROFEN 74 54 71 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 71 72 48
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 73 46 72 151
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70 65 74 84
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 47 75 13
HUMULIN R 66 52 76 288
ABILIFY 65 42 77 134
OLANZAPINE 65 52 77 126
NEXIUM 65 45 77 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 51 77 92
VESICARE 62 60 81 172
GLYBURIDE 61 51 R 82 65
NABUMETONE 61 40 82 147
LANTUS 61 41 82 47
PAROXETINE HCL 60 45 85 71
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 43 85 109
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 44 87 132
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 58 34 87 289
JANUVIA 57 53 89 60
AMIODARONE HCL 57 53 89 156
COMBIVENT 57 28 89 145
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 44 R 89 91
BENICAR HCT 56 56 93 187
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 56 50 93 253
TRICOR 56 27 93 122
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 41 93 58
CEPHALEXIN 55 35 97 138
NOVOLIN R 55 45 97 175
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. 14, 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.