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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,710Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 87 out of 2588

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 2588

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 16,967 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 699 681 1 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 662 654 2 11
NEXIUM 655 631 3 41
DIOVAN 628 628 4 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 595 550 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 498 476 6 2
CRESTOR 465 450 7 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 429 419 8 24
METFORMIN HCL 365 360 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 359 358 10 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 345 335 11 59
ATENOLOL 301 275 12 14
LISINOPRIL 286 277 13 3
FUROSEMIDE 270 267 14 5
DIOVAN HCT 247 247 15 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 238 231 16 23
LIDODERM 238 233 16 86
CLOPIDOGREL 236 232 18 30
SIMVASTATIN 232 231 19 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 226 226 20 10
MECLIZINE HCL 217 217 21 120
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 205 205 22 49
LIPITOR 204 203 23 114
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 168 24 27
LOVAZA 193 175 25 119
JANUVIA 192 189 26 60
PLAVIX 188 188 27 43
TRAMADOL HCL 180 149 28 19
ZETIA 171 170 29 69
NAMENDA 167 167 30 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 164 164 31 39
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 162 153 32 149
NASONEX 157 138 33 218
VOLTAREN 156 145 34 161
OMEPRAZOLE 155 153 35 6
BYSTOLIC 155 155 35 110
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 137 37 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 130 38 55
NITROSTAT 129 129 39 181
SYMBICORT 128 121 40 129
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 126 41 35
SERTRALINE HCL 117 117 42 26
ALLOPURINOL 114 110 43 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 109 44 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 109 44 28
SPIRIVA 108 97 46 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 99 47 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 89 47 53
AVODART 94 94 49 164
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 85 50 58
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 85 85 50 31
COLCRYS 84 84 52 217
GLIPIZIDE ER 83 83 53 73
CARVEDILOL 83 83 53 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 82 70 55 155
JANUMET 78 67 56 211
RANITIDINE HCL 78 73 56 37
LANSOPRAZOLE 76 62 58 157
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 72 59 40
AZITHROMYCIN 71 66 60 45
CREON 70 70 61 216
ZENPEP 69 69 62 250
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 68 63 48
GLIPIZIDE XL 67 66 64 140
VENTOLIN HFA 66 54 65 101
KETOCONAZOLE 65 65 66 195
PROAIR HFA 63 60 67 50
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 67 96
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 62 62 69 197
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 46 70 106
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 59 59 71 198
GLIPIZIDE 59 46 71 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 71 98
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 44 S3 74 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 53 75 68
CLONIDINE HCL 54 44 75 54
IBUPROFEN 53 46 77 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 53 77 21
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 Oct. 17, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.