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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 117

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 117

782 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

5% of this provider’s 782 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 782 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 22,798 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 1,014 908 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 943 787 S3 2 7
LISINOPRIL 909 836 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 886 820 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 855 801 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 736 703 6 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 611 549 7 9
NAMENDA 594 572 8 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 543 517 9 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 489 471 10 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 470 446 11 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 468 406 12 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 404 369 13 13
OMEPRAZOLE 389 344 14 6
SERTRALINE HCL 383 351 15 22
TRAMADOL HCL 382 334 16 18
CLOPIDOGREL 354 319 17 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 327 281 18 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 322 306 19 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 301 281 20 15
GABAPENTIN 287 252 21 16
CRESTOR 268 249 22 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 262 241 23 17
PLAVIX 261 233 24 47
RISPERIDONE 256 231 25 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 253 253 26 21
CARVEDILOL 249 228 27 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 226 216 28 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 208 197 29 45
DIOVAN 206 204 30 31
MIRTAZAPINE 187 167 31 25
METFORMIN HCL 187 132 31 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 165 33 27
EXELON 179 176 34 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 178 170 35 52
ATENOLOL 176 162 36 20
ALLOPURINOL 175 151 37 48
DIGOXIN 155 155 38 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 151 128 39 42
KLOR-CON M20 148 133 40 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 145 125 41 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 138 126 42 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 138 136 42 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 126 107 R 44 104
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 118 45 65
RANITIDINE HCL 119 95 46 58
TRAZODONE HCL 116 61 47 44
NEXIUM 110 98 48 62
ROPINIROLE HCL 104 93 49 126
BENICAR 103 86 50 155
FENTANYL 101 98 S2 51 41
PAROXETINE HCL 97 83 52 63
PREDNISONE 97 91 52 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 77 54 70
HYDRALAZINE HCL 95 81 55 54
PROAIR HFA 93 67 56 56
AZITHROMYCIN 92 77 57 57
GLIPIZIDE 91 66 58 37
LOVASTATIN 90 84 59 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 80 60 29
CLONIDINE HCL 88 81 61 73
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 84 61 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 78 63 51
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 73 64 67
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 85 74 64 79
LEVETIRACETAM 80 78 66 71
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 69 66 77
TORSEMIDE 80 78 66 118
CEPHALEXIN 80 67 66 113
LANTUS 78 70 70 43
KLOR-CON M10 78 78 70 89
SPIRIVA 77 71 72 60
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 77 63 72 111
SYNTHROID 75 75 74 102
ZETIA 69 61 75 86
LIDODERM 68 65 76 46
LEVEMIR 68 49 76 201
KLOR-CON 10 65 65 78 100
MECLIZINE HCL 65 65 78 154
AMOXICILLIN 65 48 78 134
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 64 45 S3 81 76
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 60 81 74
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 63 54 83 205
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 48 84 115
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 58 R 84 195
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 47 86 97
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 60 87 208
CEFUROXIME 60 54 87 187
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 42 89 36
CYMBALTA 59 45 89 59
LEXAPRO 59 48 89 117
PROCRIT 58 58 92 153
HYDROCORTISONE 55 47 93 138
ACTONEL 55 55 93 152
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 26 95 108
TRILIPIX 54 42 95 251
GLYBURIDE 54 50 R 95 88
AZOR 53 53 98 255
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 45 98 80
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 51 98 123
NYSTOP 52 33 101 107
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 52 52 101 258
BYSTOLIC 52 36 101 94
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 51 104 169
LIPITOR 51 43 104 119
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 51 104 93
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 36 104 65
CELEBREX 51 36 104 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 36 109 87
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 48 109 215
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 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.