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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,310Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 2588

$824K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 146 out of 2588

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

6% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 576 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 13,182 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 887 673 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 696 597 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 587 525 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 517 405 4 6
LISINOPRIL 460 383 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 398 359 6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 390 282 S3 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 372 325 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 299 9 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 327 285 10 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 295 256 11 10
SERTRALINE HCL 269 239 12 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 249 229 13 16
GABAPENTIN 244 189 14 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 229 223 15 17
TRAMADOL HCL 218 153 16 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 180 17 13
FENOFIBRATE 176 151 18 64
ATENOLOL 163 149 19 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 155 128 20 23
CLOPIDOGREL 151 151 21 30
GLYBURIDE 141 118 R 22 65
HYDRALAZINE HCL 126 126 23 53
DIGOXIN 125 99 24 38
DIOVAN 124 106 25 29
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 122 82 26 124
PREDNISONE 120 91 27 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 106 28 21
GEMFIBROZIL 117 99 29 123
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 116 41 30 125
KLOR-CON M20 115 101 31 52
PLAVIX 113 113 32 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 69 R 33 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 109 85 34 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 95 34 113
RANITIDINE HCL 108 56 36 37
PAROXETINE HCL 108 54 36 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 104 38 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 96 39 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 97 40 28
FENTANYL 100 51 S2 40 78
ALLOPURINOL 98 97 42 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 97 43 12
CARVEDILOL 95 74 44 20
MELOXICAM 95 80 44 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 70 46 24
NEXIUM 91 86 47 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 73 48 81
TRAZODONE HCL 86 48 49 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 62 50 27
NAMENDA 83 75 51 32
SPIRIVA 83 64 51 56
SINGULAIR 82 62 53 94
LOVASTATIN 80 62 54 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 79 55 83
RISPERIDONE 75 60 56 57
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 74 69 57 109
AZITHROMYCIN 74 62 57 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 74 60 57 31
LANTUS 73 54 60 47
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 69 61 98
DILTIAZEM ER 68 68 62 150
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 57 62 77
ZETIA 67 64 64 69
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 57 65 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 59 66 84
CYMBALTA 61 57 67 70
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 59 53 68 271
NITROFURANTOIN 59 59 68 372
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 46 70 85
PROAIR HFA 56 47 71 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 43 72 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 37 72 132
JANUVIA 54 52 74 60
CLONIDINE HCL 54 52 74 54
CRESTOR 53 53 76 25
TRICOR 52 22 77 122
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 43 R 77 169
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 79 58
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 50 40 S3 79 80
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 Feb. 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.