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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,136Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 2588

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 2588

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

6% of this provider’s 475 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 475 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 18,684 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,147 990 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 998 847 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 867 737 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 755 679 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 689 581 5 6
LISINOPRIL 632 589 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 557 485 7 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 503 334 S3 8 7
TRAMADOL HCL 472 381 9 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 402 362 10 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 335 314 11 4
NAMENDA 317 282 12 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 306 279 13 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 306 257 13 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 301 241 15 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 299 297 16 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 281 234 17 89
RISPERIDONE 266 217 18 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 266 243 18 104
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 251 243 20 83
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 248 215 21 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 202 22 13
CLOPIDOGREL 214 186 23 30
ALLOPURINOL 214 204 23 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 213 200 25 21
SERTRALINE HCL 210 174 26 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 207 166 27 85
TRAZODONE HCL 193 175 28 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 193 182 28 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 187 157 30 11
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 179 147 31 131
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 168 110 32 93
LYRICA 165 129 33 100
GABAPENTIN 162 111 34 18
RANITIDINE HCL 161 117 35 37
CARVEDILOL 157 151 36 20
GEMFIBROZIL 155 92 37 123
PLAVIX 154 137 38 43
KLOR-CON M20 153 144 39 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 142 117 40 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 141 106 41 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 140 41 23
NOVOLIN R 139 128 43 175
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 137 111 44 234
ZETIA 132 125 45 69
METFORMIN HCL ER 131 95 46 67
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 130 86 R 47 107
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 129 99 R 48 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 122 109 49 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 121 110 50 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 111 51 35
DIGOXIN 114 102 52 38
METFORMIN HCL 112 85 53 8
LOVASTATIN 110 107 54 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 96 55 74
LANTUS 106 76 56 47
EXELON 106 106 56 118
BUSPIRONE HCL 103 100 58 173
CYMBALTA 102 78 59 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 98 90 60 55
MIRTAZAPINE 97 85 61 63
GLIPIZIDE ER 91 75 62 73
PAROXETINE HCL 90 70 63 71
EVISTA 89 89 64 178
DIOVAN 81 77 65 29
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 81 73 65 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 61 67 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 52 R 68 91
FENOFIBRATE 73 54 69 64
VALPROIC ACID 72 55 70 174
COMBIVENT 68 55 71 145
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 56 71 113
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 54 73 92
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 41 74 17
FENTANYL 64 52 S2 74 78
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 76 102
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 50 76 24
OLANZAPINE 58 58 78 126
ATENOLOL 58 57 78 14
NEXIUM 58 40 78 41
CLONIDINE HCL 56 42 81 54
PREDNISONE 55 43 82 42
CELEBREX 55 55 82 99
GLIPIZIDE 53 46 84 44
SPIRIVA 53 42 84 56
PROAIR HFA 52 34 86 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 45 87 121
NYSTOP 50 31 87 242
SUCRALFATE 50 33 87 193
ENABLEX 50 48 87 304
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 Aug. 14, 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.