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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,162Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 76 out of 2588

$717K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 219 out of 2588

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

3% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 671 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 16,746 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LISINOPRIL 823 798 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 762 692 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 606 566 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 566 547 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 519 492 5 6
ATENOLOL 499 491 6 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 498 476 7 9
METFORMIN HCL 494 429 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 435 412 9 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 422 385 10 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 367 283 S3 11 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 351 338 12 13
LOVASTATIN 339 330 13 34
GABAPENTIN 313 286 14 18
ALLOPURINOL 313 270 14 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 303 303 16 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 286 260 17 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 274 256 18 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 272 262 19 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 271 265 20 4
TRAMADOL HCL 271 264 20 19
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 258 253 22 96
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 247 241 23 16
CLOPIDOGREL 226 217 24 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 210 24 15
GLIPIZIDE 206 181 26 44
CLONIDINE HCL 199 198 27 54
GEMFIBROZIL 195 179 28 123
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 162 29 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 162 162 29 21
DIGOXIN 161 157 31 38
PLAVIX 144 139 32 43
PAROXETINE HCL 137 133 33 71
KLOR-CON 10 129 127 34 75
LANTUS 127 100 35 47
RANITIDINE HCL 126 109 36 37
CARVEDILOL 114 112 37 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 110 107 38 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 110 100 38 67
INDAPAMIDE 109 109 40 189
CRESTOR 109 99 40 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 100 40 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 102 43 17
ZETIA 105 97 44 69
INSULIN SYRINGE 101 73 45 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 96 45 40
FAMOTIDINE 97 87 47 36
TRAZODONE HCL 96 93 48 61
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 92 48 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 95 79 R 50 91
SERTRALINE HCL 95 79 50 26
AZITHROMYCIN 93 77 52 45
GLIPIZIDE ER 92 72 53 73
FINASTERIDE 86 86 54 97
NAPROXEN 82 72 55 95
MELOXICAM 81 64 56 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 75 56 23
QUINAPRIL HCL 72 72 58 148
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 65 59 82
DIOVAN 70 70 60 29
MIRTAZAPINE 69 69 61 63
GLYBURIDE 67 63 R 62 65
TERAZOSIN HCL 67 67 62 137
KLOR-CON M10 63 63 64 139
IBUPROFEN 62 22 65 62
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 57 66 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 48 66 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 45 68 92
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 58 68 31
FELODIPINE ER 57 57 70 108
VERAPAMIL ER 56 52 71 102
AMOXICILLIN 55 51 72 130
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 48 S3 73 80
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 52 73 53
NEXIUM 54 34 73 41
NAMENDA 53 53 76 32
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 43 76 151
COMBIVENT 51 51 78 145
NITROSTAT 51 49 78 181
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 38 80 85
VENTOLIN HFA 50 47 80 101
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 Sept. 21, 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.