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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,998Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 166 out of 2588

$752K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 190 out of 2588

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 422 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 10,857 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
OMEPRAZOLE 556 405 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 552 427 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 478 383 3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 471 338 S3 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 449 400 5 2
LISINOPRIL 402 312 6 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 356 296 7 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 305 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 323 231 9 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 313 263 10 10
CARVEDILOL 237 192 11 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 212 165 12 24
RAMIPRIL 212 172 12 111
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 211 190 14 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 165 15 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 141 16 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 131 17 21
ATENOLOL 147 128 18 14
KLOR-CON 10 145 125 19 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 135 20 11
GABAPENTIN 141 85 21 18
LANTUS 127 79 22 47
TRAMADOL HCL 127 105 22 19
SPIRIVA 125 76 24 56
JANUVIA 125 44 24 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 65 26 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 101 27 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 89 28 27
PROAIR HFA 101 74 29 50
CRESTOR 97 68 30 25
RISPERIDONE 96 59 31 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 62 32 92
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 91 33 22
ONGLYZA 88 71 34 248
CLOPIDOGREL 87 74 35 30
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 87 87 35 226
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 75 37 15
CYMBALTA 82 57 38 70
FAMOTIDINE 82 64 38 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 79 74 40 55
NAMENDA 78 78 41 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 77 59 42 67
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 63 43 58
RANITIDINE HCL 76 53 43 37
FINASTERIDE 75 63 45 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 47 46 48
ALLOPURINOL 71 47 47 33
GLYBURIDE 69 57 R 48 65
TEKTURNA 67 50 49 283
MELOXICAM 66 50 50 51
PREDNISONE 63 39 51 42
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 50 52 151
AGGRENOX 61 40 52 214
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 35 54 77
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 59 24 54 89
LOVASTATIN 58 52 56 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 57 66
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 24 58 81
AMOXICILLIN 54 40 59 130
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 21 60 128
DIOVAN 53 50 60 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 46 60 39
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 63 44
NOVOLOG 51 33 64 103
PLAVIX 51 46 64 43
EVISTA 51 51 64 178
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 47 67 68
PRANDIN 50 35 67 355
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 50 50 67 188
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 March 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.