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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,342Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 2588

$888K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 119 out of 2588

554 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,996 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,330 1,306 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 747 736 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 744 726 3 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 683 665 4 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 604 594 5 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 572 541 6 31
ATENOLOL 558 546 7 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 408 407 8 21
DIOVAN 363 358 9 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 298 289 10 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 269 11 9
ALLOPURINOL 255 253 12 33
LIDODERM 252 252 13 86
GLIPIZIDE 228 211 14 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 213 15 15
DIOVAN HCT 225 225 16 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 206 17 23
PROAIR HFA 179 176 18 50
RANITIDINE HCL 177 175 19 37
LIPITOR 177 174 19 114
NIFEDIPINE ER 170 170 21 59
VENTOLIN HFA 162 161 22 101
FUROSEMIDE 152 139 23 5
ACTOS 146 146 24 105
AZITHROMYCIN 145 142 25 45
OMEPRAZOLE 143 143 26 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 140 140 27 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 139 28 46
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 137 137 29 198
LISINOPRIL 132 119 30 3
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 130 128 31 106
JANUVIA 129 115 32 60
NEXIUM 127 127 33 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 122 122 34 96
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 119 119 35 2
GLIPIZIDE XL 118 116 36 140
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 110 37 49
AVODART 107 107 38 164
CRESTOR 95 95 39 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 95 39 48
LOVASTATIN 89 88 41 34
SPIRIVA 87 87 42 56
LYRICA 86 85 43 100
METHIMAZOLE 86 85 43 322
NAPROXEN 82 79 45 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 46 22
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 78 78 46 258
ACTONEL 77 77 48 184
AGGRENOX 76 76 49 214
CLOPIDOGREL 74 74 50 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 71 51 40
DIGOXIN 71 62 52 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 71 52 17
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 70 70 54 166
PREDNISONE 69 68 55 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 66 56 76
GLIPIZIDE ER 68 65 56 73
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 64 58 35
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 63 62 R 59 241
SYMBICORT 63 63 59 129
PLAVIX 62 62 61 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 61 48 62 10
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 57 63 157
MECLIZINE HCL 58 58 64 120
AMOXICILLIN 56 53 65 130
SINGULAIR 56 56 65 94
TRICOR 54 54 67 122
VESICARE 53 53 68 172
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 69 266
FLOVENT HFA 52 52 69 191
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 51 69 335
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. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.