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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,589Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 2588

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 2588

753 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

2% of this provider’s 753 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 753 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 19,131 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$67 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
SIMVASTATIN 847 763 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 822 817 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 764 718 3 5
CRESTOR 701 685 4 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 579 568 5 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 535 440 S3 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 506 432 7 6
LISINOPRIL 476 452 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 445 381 9 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 433 408 10 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 427 420 11 15
SERTRALINE HCL 419 392 12 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 409 377 13 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 381 358 14 16
ATELVIA 369 358 15 231
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 350 327 16 9
GABAPENTIN 293 244 17 18
DIOVAN 281 255 18 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 260 228 19 11
ATENOLOL 257 245 20 14
NEXIUM 237 223 21 41
TRAMADOL HCL 237 231 21 19
PREDNISONE 228 204 23 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 214 24 13
ALLOPURINOL 187 178 25 33
CARVEDILOL 175 172 26 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 171 149 27 28
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 171 171 27 98
PRADAXA 171 161 27 207
ACTONEL 167 167 30 184
DIGOXIN 163 151 31 38
BENICAR 156 156 32 143
VERAPAMIL ER 153 145 33 102
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 150 34 17
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 146 146 35 104
CLOPIDOGREL 145 130 36 30
BENICAR HCT 145 138 36 187
GLIPIZIDE 144 141 38 44
DIOVAN HCT 133 119 39 72
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 113 40 35
SPIRIVA 124 98 41 56
KLOR-CON 10 123 123 42 75
PLAVIX 122 110 43 43
SYNTHROID 114 114 44 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 113 101 45 58
FENTANYL 113 113 S2 45 78
MIRTAZAPINE 111 100 47 63
TRANDOLAPRIL 111 111 47 371
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 91 49 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 84 50 77
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 96 84 51 149
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 96 51 23
BYSTOLIC 91 91 53 110
RISPERIDONE 88 88 54 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 87 55 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 85 56 68
PAROXETINE HCL 83 78 57 71
PEN NEEDLE 82 53 58 112
METOLAZONE 81 76 59 152
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 59 22
RAMIPRIL 80 80 61 111
SYMBICORT 79 54 62 129
LIPITOR 78 70 63 114
LANTUS 77 70 64 47
KLOR-CON M20 76 68 65 52
AGGRENOX 75 75 66 214
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 74 67 83
LYRICA 71 58 68 100
EXELON 65 65 69 118
LOVASTATIN 64 59 70 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 56 71 92
IRBESARTAN 62 62 71 307
PROAIR HFA 62 52 71 50
TRAZODONE HCL 60 55 74 61
ZETIA 57 57 75 69
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 57 75 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 75 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 51 78 24
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 55 79 106
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 33 80 220
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 51 81 208
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 47 81 46
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 Jan. 25, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.