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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,729Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 93

$629K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 93

504 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

3% of this provider’s 504 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 504 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 11,696 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 519 375 1 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 481 410 2 11
LISINOPRIL 455 390 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 410 344 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 403 363 5 13
METFORMIN HCL 398 300 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 368 199 S3 7 9
OMEPRAZOLE 350 304 8 8
SIMVASTATIN 310 265 9 2
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 306 264 10 29
TRAMADOL HCL 287 200 11 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 215 12 14
ATENOLOL 250 237 13 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 218 14 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 222 15 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 218 159 16 36
CLOPIDOGREL 204 173 17 27
GLIPIZIDE ER 197 180 18 56
MELOXICAM 192 143 19 42
NEXIUM 189 144 20 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 151 21 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 175 174 22 105
PREDNISONE 173 131 23 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 168 147 24 62
FAMOTIDINE 167 122 25 32
CEPHALEXIN 152 118 26 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 147 93 27 40
PAROXETINE HCL 133 119 28 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 130 97 29 45
PLAVIX 126 105 30 44
AZITHROMYCIN 120 72 31 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 67 32 24
ALLOPURINOL 112 98 33 29
GABAPENTIN 94 57 34 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 79 34 18
QUINAPRIL HCL 93 93 36 131
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 73 37 53
CARVEDILOL 91 60 38 23
CRESTOR 91 73 38 31
SYNTHROID 85 74 40 77
MIRTAZAPINE 82 70 41 115
DONEPEZIL HCL 80 80 42 25
VERAPAMIL ER 74 46 43 98
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 54 R 43 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 48 45 39
DIGOXIN 73 62 45 48
NAMENDA 73 73 45 55
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 71 56 48 114
FENOFIBRATE 71 59 48 74
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 64 48 106
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 70 70 51 145
SERTRALINE HCL 68 61 52 43
TRAZODONE HCL 68 18 52 85
HUMULIN 70-30 65 65 54 220
GEMFIBROZIL 63 43 55 224
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 48 55 88
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 46 57 26
PROAIR HFA 60 28 58 37
DIOVAN 59 59 59 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 55 60 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 46 60 116
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 47 62 118
RISPERIDONE 54 34 62 54
RANITIDINE HCL 54 45 62 21
NABUMETONE 53 38 65 173
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 39 65 103
METOLAZONE 53 53 65 238
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 36 65 28
SURE COMFORT 52 48 69 168
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 44 69 96
LANTUS 52 39 69 68
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 45 72 97
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 73 20
TRICOR 50 38 73 143
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 48 73 79
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.