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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,003Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 164 out of 2588

$860K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 2588

369 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

4% of this provider’s 369 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 369 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 12,384 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

$61 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 627 555 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 610 599 2 10
OMEPRAZOLE 518 430 3 6
LISINOPRIL 457 384 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 436 385 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 400 390 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 379 333 7 9
NAMENDA 377 364 8 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 305 280 9 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 257 249 10 22
SERTRALINE HCL 231 149 11 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 218 12 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 211 194 S3 13 7
KLOR-CON M20 202 202 14 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 194 158 15 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 194 170 15 74
RISPERIDONE 174 129 17 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 164 18 11
MIRTAZAPINE 169 169 19 63
METFORMIN HCL 163 148 20 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 152 146 21 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 142 99 22 21
FENOFIBRATE 121 98 23 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 121 118 23 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 120 25 48
LANTUS 117 95 26 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 116 113 27 83
DIGOXIN 113 101 28 38
EXELON 112 112 29 118
HYDRALAZINE HCL 112 112 29 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 68 31 89
DIOVAN 105 105 32 29
ALLOPURINOL 104 92 33 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 95 34 17
SPIRIVA 100 100 35 56
NOVOLOG 98 87 36 103
TRAMADOL HCL 96 89 37 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 91 38 68
CARVEDILOL 84 84 39 20
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 47 40 85
ATENOLOL 80 67 41 14
AMIODARONE HCL 79 79 42 156
SINGULAIR 78 70 43 94
SEROQUEL 77 68 44 186
MELOXICAM 73 50 45 51
AZITHROMYCIN 72 64 46 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 69 47 39
TAMIFLU 70 67 48 313
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 51 48 23
FENTANYL 70 68 S2 48 78
KLOR-CON M10 69 57 51 139
BUMETANIDE 67 67 52 117
LEVETIRACETAM 66 41 53 90
FAMOTIDINE 66 66 53 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 65 55 13
CEPHALEXIN 63 58 56 138
TRAZODONE HCL 63 44 56 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 63 56 28
LEVEMIR 62 62 59 206
METOLAZONE 61 61 60 152
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 57 60 24
GABAPENTIN 60 46 62 18
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 58 63 77
CLOPIDOGREL 59 59 63 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 42 65 35
PREDNISONE 54 54 66 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 52 67 82
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 45 67 153
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 48 67 73
GLIPIZIDE 51 49 70 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 11 70 121
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 Jan. 31, 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.