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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,598Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 2588

$985K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 93 out of 2588

569 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

5% of this provider’s 569 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 569 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 15,112 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 741 666 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 703 544 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 580 455 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 564 498 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 540 427 5 1
LISINOPRIL 493 422 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 432 302 S3 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 399 334 8 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 383 311 9 16
METFORMIN HCL 364 301 10 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 354 293 11 12
ATENOLOL 335 261 12 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 328 282 13 15
ROPINIROLE HCL 301 192 14 113
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 230 15 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 270 16 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 275 214 17 27
TRAMADOL HCL 268 206 18 19
DIOVAN 265 204 19 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 255 205 20 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238 215 21 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 233 181 22 28
GABAPENTIN 222 186 23 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200 163 24 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 193 147 25 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 172 26 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 170 117 27 55
GLIPIZIDE 161 149 28 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 97 28 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 153 95 30 31
ALLOPURINOL 152 120 31 33
CLOPIDOGREL 150 114 32 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 144 100 33 93
BENAZEPRIL HCL 143 127 34 84
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 125 35 66
LOVASTATIN 134 124 36 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 117 37 23
SERTRALINE HCL 126 100 38 26
PROAIR HFA 123 47 39 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 118 62 R 40 87
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 117 92 R 41 91
FENOFIBRATE 117 67 41 64
GLIPIZIDE ER 116 102 43 73
RANITIDINE HCL 116 56 43 37
PEN NEEDLE 115 84 45 112
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 111 98 46 76
CARVEDILOL 108 103 47 20
NEXIUM 108 100 47 41
LANTUS 108 51 47 47
MELOXICAM 104 99 50 51
GLIMEPIRIDE 104 85 50 39
TRAZODONE HCL 103 60 52 61
KLOR-CON 10 98 74 53 75
PLAVIX 97 73 54 43
SYNTHROID 96 84 55 88
SINGULAIR 93 65 56 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 79 56 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 92 87 58 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 64 59 48
AZITHROMYCIN 85 69 60 45
PAROXETINE HCL 84 62 61 71
KLOR-CON M20 84 65 61 52
DIOVAN HCT 83 78 63 72
LYRICA 79 56 64 100
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 62 65 82
CEFUROXIME 78 61 65 183
FAMOTIDINE 76 49 67 36
EXFORGE 75 75 68 209
NAMENDA 74 74 69 32
FENTANYL 73 13 S2 70 78
TRICOR 72 38 71 122
CYMBALTA 70 42 72 70
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 70 47 72 155
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 46 74 153
NABUMETONE 69 34 74 147
GLYBURIDE 68 63 R 76 65
PREMARIN 67 39 R 77 247
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 47 77 53
VERAPAMIL ER 65 40 79 102
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 52 80 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 54 81 81
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 50 82 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 59 83 58
COMBIVENT 59 24 83 145
GLIPIZIDE XL 59 57 83 140
JANUVIA 58 32 86 60
DIGOXIN 58 41 86 38
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 50 86 77
AMIODARONE HCL 57 45 89 156
BUPROPION HCL SR 56 35 90 246
ENABLEX 53 23 91 304
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 53 91 85
HUMULIN 70-30 53 42 91 230
PREDNISONE 51 41 94 42
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 50 36 95 144
VESICARE 50 50 95 172
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. 21, 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.