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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,834Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 102 out of 2588

$741K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 200 out of 2588

520 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

4% of this provider’s 520 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 520 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 15,673 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 810 757 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 782 751 2 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 775 726 3 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 682 671 4 15
FUROSEMIDE 676 650 5 5
ATENOLOL 659 640 6 14
LISINOPRIL 518 497 7 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 504 478 8 2
OMEPRAZOLE 451 433 9 6
METFORMIN HCL 424 413 10 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 418 397 11 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 377 375 12 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 344 316 13 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 343 327 14 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 333 324 15 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 314 281 16 16
SERTRALINE HCL 283 276 17 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 233 202 18 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 182 19 21
DIGOXIN 185 185 19 38
CARVEDILOL 176 140 21 20
CLOPIDOGREL 165 156 22 30
GABAPENTIN 157 137 23 18
TRAMADOL HCL 156 143 24 19
NEXIUM 155 117 25 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 151 26 22
LANTUS 151 133 26 47
GLYBURIDE 142 142 R 28 65
CRESTOR 140 123 29 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 134 128 30 46
ALLOPURINOL 131 111 31 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 128 106 32 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 127 33 17
PLAVIX 122 107 34 43
PROAIR HFA 105 104 35 50
HUMALOG 104 63 36 141
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 99 80 37 98
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 95 95 R 38 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 72 39 28
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 77 40 81
LOVASTATIN 79 79 41 34
KLOR-CON M20 79 77 41 52
FELODIPINE ER 77 77 43 108
ACTOS 75 75 44 105
PAROXETINE HCL 74 59 45 71
TERAZOSIN HCL 73 62 46 137
ZETIA 73 73 46 69
LIPITOR 73 73 46 114
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 63 49 58
GEMFIBROZIL 67 55 50 123
VERAPAMIL ER 66 66 51 102
TRICOR 66 53 51 122
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 65 53 74
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 44 S3 53 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 62 55 23
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 63 56 132
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 55 57 128
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 62 57 157
DIOVAN HCT 61 61 59 72
NAMENDA 60 60 60 32
NIFEDICAL XL 59 59 61 179
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 57 62 59
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 37 63 188
PREDNISONE 55 52 63 42
PEN NEEDLE 55 36 63 112
MECLIZINE HCL 55 32 63 120
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 45 67 93
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 April 18, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.