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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,561Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 2588

$713K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 222 out of 2588

379 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

4% of this provider’s 379 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 379 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 14,670 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 596 570 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 525 497 2 2
LISINOPRIL 493 478 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 478 464 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 456 448 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 416 402 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 388 344 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 350 345 8 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 267 232 S3 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 266 253 10 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 259 248 11 12
METFORMIN HCL 246 244 12 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 235 223 13 49
RANITIDINE HCL 233 216 14 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 215 186 15 27
CARVEDILOL 212 199 16 20
FENOFIBRATE 202 200 17 64
CRESTOR 188 174 18 25
NAMENDA 187 187 19 32
CLOPIDOGREL 173 171 20 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 166 21 11
PLAVIX 159 159 22 43
DIGOXIN 150 148 23 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 140 128 24 16
LOVASTATIN 131 131 25 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 129 26 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 128 128 27 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 127 114 28 24
FINASTERIDE 123 123 29 97
MIRTAZAPINE 118 111 30 63
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 109 31 28
CYMBALTA 108 108 32 70
GLYBURIDE 108 108 R 32 65
GLIPIZIDE 104 104 34 44
SERTRALINE HCL 102 95 35 26
MELOXICAM 102 98 35 51
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 99 82 R 37 87
GABAPENTIN 99 95 37 18
KLOR-CON M20 94 91 39 52
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 94 77 39 201
CLONIDINE HCL 90 89 41 54
ALLOPURINOL 89 89 42 33
PREDNISONE 87 86 43 42
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 85 73 44 237
DILTIAZEM ER 84 84 45 150
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 77 46 13
DIOVAN 79 79 47 29
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 77 73 48 96
SPIRIVA 76 74 49 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 68 50 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 65 50 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 64 52 17
AMIODARONE HCL 72 72 53 156
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 72 53 39
CILOSTAZOL 70 70 55 236
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 66 56 55
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 63 59 57 124
TRAZODONE HCL 63 31 57 61
METOLAZONE 63 63 57 152
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 59 60 82
ATENOLOL 61 49 60 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 49 R 62 91
EXELON 60 60 62 118
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 58 64 74
COMBIVENT 58 46 64 145
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 44 S3 66 80
ZETIA 55 50 67 69
LIPITOR 54 54 68 114
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 68 46
QUINAPRIL HCL 54 54 68 148
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 71 83
GEMFIBROZIL 53 53 71 123
FELODIPINE ER 53 53 71 108
AZITHROMYCIN 52 46 74 45
GLIPIZIDE ER 51 51 75 73
CELEBREX 51 51 75 99
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 46 77 48
CARISOPRODOL 50 13 R 77 233
LYRICA 50 39 77 100
SYMBICORT 50 42 77 129
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 April 19, 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.