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Prescriber Checkup

FAROOQ AHMED M.D

5200 MAIN ST STE 201 FAMILY PRACTICE/DEPT OF GERIATRICS

Skokie | Illinois | 60077

(312) 423-7869

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,945Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 25

$592K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 25

507 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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
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this specialty
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 507 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,027 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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
LISINOPRIL 955 661 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 909 667 2 1
TRAMADOL HCL 467 298 3 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 465 363 4 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 446 264 5 17
METFORMIN HCL 380 228 6 10
RANITIDINE HCL 373 276 7 37
PROAIR HFA 367 173 8 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 362 201 S3 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 321 235 10 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 310 212 11 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 304 169 12 15
IBUPROFEN 289 170 13 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 280 246 14 27
ATENOLOL 275 228 15 31
NAPROXEN 258 172 16 65
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 245 198 17 9
DIOVAN 233 204 18 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 206 140 19 63
GABAPENTIN 204 122 20 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 194 170 21 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 187 125 22 30
CLOPIDOGREL 183 152 23 29
OMEPRAZOLE 183 134 23 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 148 25 14
LACTULOSE 152 123 26 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 148 91 27 67
NIZATIDINE 143 73 28 120
NIFEDIPINE ER 140 99 29 75
PENTOXIFYLLINE 125 85 30 130
FAMOTIDINE 123 84 31 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 98 32 32
PLAVIX 117 94 32 51
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 113 84 S3 34 106
GLIPIZIDE 112 81 35 48
CLONIDINE HCL 108 52 36 67
VENTOLIN HFA 107 38 37 112
COMBIVENT 106 82 38 113
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 106 40 R 38 85
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 106 90 38 2
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 101 54 41 140
SERTRALINE HCL 98 39 42 16
GLIPIZIDE ER 96 55 43 142
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 93 82 44 144
NIFEDICAL XL 90 37 45 146
CARVEDILOL 89 60 46 28
ALLOPURINOL 88 77 47 59
AZITHROMYCIN 86 66 48 97
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 86 48 11
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 86 64 48 61
SURE COMFORT 86 46 48 147
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 62 52 74
SINGULAIR 82 65 53 152
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 35 54 23
NEXIUM 76 39 55 116
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 65 56 114
METOLAZONE 72 49 57 126
COLCRYS 72 57 57 160
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 52 59 8
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 62 60 92
JANUVIA 68 45 60 104
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 68 60 18
LANTUS 67 36 63 53
LOVASTATIN 66 31 64 82
METHOCARBAMOL 65 20 R 65 167
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 48 66 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 47 66 47
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 20 68 77
HYDROXYZINE HCL 57 43 R 69 128
DIGOXIN 55 49 70 73
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 26 71 193
RISPERIDONE 51 39 72 21
NITROSTAT 50 15 73 201
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. 22, 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.