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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,216Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 2588

$1.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 2588

626 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

4% of this provider’s 626 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 626 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 19,908 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,207 1,012 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 875 744 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 823 637 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 699 622 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 618 519 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 581 356 S3 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 514 407 7 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 471 404 8 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 444 414 9 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 443 366 10 9
CARVEDILOL 342 296 11 20
FAMOTIDINE 332 255 12 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312 273 13 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 302 273 14 10
CRESTOR 286 225 15 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 285 242 16 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 284 244 17 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 284 244 17 13
LISINOPRIL 283 237 19 3
NAMENDA 273 272 20 32
NAPROXEN 265 192 21 95
SERTRALINE HCL 252 221 22 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 232 23 11
ATELVIA 245 233 23 231
DONEPEZIL HCL 232 223 25 22
IBUPROFEN 224 188 26 62
SPIRIVA 222 178 27 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 208 151 28 15
GABAPENTIN 208 155 28 18
NEXIUM 204 157 30 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 199 185 31 113
ACTOS 198 174 32 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 196 178 33 48
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 183 146 34 96
ATENOLOL 179 130 35 14
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 178 153 36 106
RANITIDINE HCL 175 167 37 37
GLIPIZIDE 171 135 38 44
AMOXICILLIN 171 140 38 130
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 167 113 40 83
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 166 116 41 74
CITALOPRAM HBR 165 121 42 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 158 156 43 49
JANUVIA 155 128 44 60
CLOPIDOGREL 152 132 45 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 100 46 16
DIOVAN 144 107 47 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 141 121 48 77
RISPERIDONE 138 104 49 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 124 50 68
LIDODERM 132 118 50 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 113 52 12
LYRICA 126 118 53 100
PLAVIX 125 97 54 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 124 110 55 40
DIGOXIN 117 116 56 38
KLOR-CON M20 115 115 57 52
TRAZODONE HCL 109 63 58 61
HEPARIN SODIUM 106 31 59 79
VESICARE 103 103 60 172
CYMBALTA 101 96 61 70
LIPITOR 99 95 62 114
CALCITRIOL 94 79 63 210
GLIPIZIDE ER 93 93 64 73
TRAMADOL HCL 88 72 65 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 66 66 28
CELEBREX 85 79 67 99
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 85 21 67 89
LANTUS 84 48 69 47
NIFEDIPINE ER 82 55 70 59
AVODART 82 81 70 164
NITROSTAT 82 81 70 181
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 81 12 R 73 107
BENICAR 80 72 74 143
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 80 77 R 74 241
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 68 74 82
MECLIZINE HCL 78 67 77 120
METOLAZONE 77 77 78 152
AZITHROMYCIN 76 65 79 45
SYMBICORT 71 56 80 129
SEROQUEL 70 55 81 186
COMBIVENT 69 63 82 145
NOVOLIN R 66 42 83 175
SODIUM CHLORIDE 65 58 84 168
MEGESTROL ACETATE 65 56 R 84 169
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 52 86 98
PAROXETINE HCL 63 62 87 71
MIDODRINE HCL 63 61 87 365
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 61 R 87 91
PREDNISONE 63 48 87 42
AMIODARONE HCL 63 52 87 156
FINASTERIDE 60 60 92 97
FENTANYL 60 56 S2 92 78
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 51 94 127
ARICEPT 57 57 95 403
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 0 96 121
ALLOPURINOL 55 50 97 33
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 37 R 98 194
DIOVAN HCT 54 52 98 72
GEMFIBROZIL 54 42 98 123
LEVETIRACETAM 53 15 101 90
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 53 34 101 124
TRICOR 53 41 101 122
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 104 108
LEXAPRO 51 51 105 182
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 45 S3 105 80
DULERA 50 43 107 405
ZETIA 50 41 107 69
PROAIR HFA 50 29 107 50
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 8, 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.