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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,957Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 2588

$987K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 2588

573 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

10% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 573 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 15,456 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 719 659 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 608 503 S3 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 597 528 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 589 494 4 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 527 453 5 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 415 356 6 15
LISINOPRIL 379 337 7 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 366 364 8 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 355 310 9 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 335 288 10 9
TRAMADOL HCL 306 277 11 19
NAMENDA 299 291 12 32
GABAPENTIN 282 250 13 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 269 211 14 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 251 239 15 28
KLOR-CON M20 233 205 16 52
SIMVASTATIN 232 180 17 1
RISPERIDONE 230 229 18 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 218 205 19 104
MEGESTROL ACETATE 216 210 R 20 169
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 215 184 21 74
CLOPIDOGREL 183 168 22 30
MIRTAZAPINE 182 169 23 63
SERTRALINE HCL 172 171 24 26
CARVEDILOL 172 137 24 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 169 117 26 93
FAMOTIDINE 168 147 27 36
LANTUS 163 146 28 47
METFORMIN HCL 155 136 29 8
LEVOFLOXACIN 153 144 30 77
EXELON 142 142 31 118
OLANZAPINE 140 116 32 126
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 139 122 33 4
NOVOLIN N 131 116 34 298
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 127 35 13
FENTANYL 123 98 S2 36 78
NOVOLIN R 122 106 37 175
ATENOLOL 119 119 38 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 111 39 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 105 40 12
MORPHINE SULFATE 114 93 S2 41 323
PAROXETINE HCL 110 98 42 71
PREDNISONE 110 108 42 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 109 44 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 91 45 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 79 46 68
LEVETIRACETAM 105 71 46 90
PLAVIX 103 87 48 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 101 49 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 94 50 82
NYSTATIN 95 54 51 196
METRONIDAZOLE 95 88 51 263
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 94 57 53 109
TRAZODONE HCL 90 66 54 61
MELOXICAM 86 86 55 51
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 84 71 56 176
NEXIUM 81 74 57 41
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 80 61 58 220
CYMBALTA 80 54 58 70
BACLOFEN 79 38 60 142
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 75 60 89
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 75 S2 62 218
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 65 63 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 55 64 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 49 64 11
RANITIDINE HCL 70 64 66 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 43 67 92
HUMULIN R 66 50 68 288
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 66 54 68 131
DIGOXIN 64 63 70 38
SPIRIVA 63 56 71 56
ALLOPURINOL 61 57 72 33
PHENYTOIN 57 39 73 280
GLIPIZIDE 56 56 74 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 43 R 74 180
CEPHALEXIN 55 50 76 138
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 47 76 113
HUMULIN N 55 54 76 318
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 41 79 85
HALOPERIDOL 53 53 80 154
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 33 80 127
TOPIRAMATE 52 17 82 167
SANTYL 52 49 82 160
VENTOLIN HFA 51 45 84 101
NOVOLIN 70-30 51 40 84 244
VANCOMYCIN HCL 50 33 86 265
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 May 24, 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.