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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,644Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 273 out of 2588

$669K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 261 out of 2588

274 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 274 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 274 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,902 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

43 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 446 214 S3 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 410 308 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 347 248 3 10
HEPARIN SODIUM 313 224 4 79
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 312 222 5 9
LISINOPRIL 279 175 6 3
FUROSEMIDE 235 159 7 5
FAMOTIDINE 232 189 8 36
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 135 9 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 209 143 10 4
OMEPRAZOLE 198 118 11 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 175 124 12 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 174 38 13 89
METFORMIN HCL 171 127 14 8
LANTUS 167 101 15 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 112 16 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 132 17 22
GABAPENTIN 142 86 18 18
NOVOLOG 140 68 19 103
NAMENDA 140 133 19 32
RISPERIDONE 124 62 21 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 119 70 22 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 117 83 23 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 85 24 23
CLONIDINE HCL 107 58 25 54
TRAZODONE HCL 107 56 25 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 66 27 12
SANTYL 94 67 27 160
DIGOXIN 93 71 29 38
IBUPROFEN 92 49 30 62
GLIPIZIDE 91 73 31 44
MEGESTROL ACETATE 91 77 R 31 169
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 91 32 R 31 107
CYMBALTA 88 47 34 70
SERTRALINE HCL 85 56 35 26
RANITIDINE HCL 84 79 36 37
CARVEDILOL 84 55 36 20
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 80 67 S3 38 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 59 39 127
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 78 50 40 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 60 41 84
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 74 63 42 116
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 74 43 42 31
LEVETIRACETAM 73 70 44 90
MIRTAZAPINE 71 67 45 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 32 46 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 44 47 16
TRAMADOL HCL 65 62 48 19
GLYBURIDE 64 37 R 49 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 64 13 49 121
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 63 61 51 176
LACTULOSE 61 44 52 135
METRONIDAZOLE 59 49 53 263
CLOPIDOGREL 57 53 54 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 44 54 21
EXELON 56 55 56 118
DIOVAN 56 38 56 29
KLOR-CON M20 53 32 58 52
CRESTOR 52 32 59 25
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 52 52 59 355
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 51 61 68
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.