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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,927Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 174 out of 2588

$724K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 215 out of 2588

390 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 390 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 390 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 8,463 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
FUROSEMIDE 530 363 1 5
LISINOPRIL 474 313 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 449 278 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 442 291 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 425 342 5 4
TRAMADOL HCL 267 158 6 19
IBUPROFEN 247 143 7 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 237 155 8 15
CLONIDINE HCL 225 128 9 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 88 9 13
KLOR-CON 10 224 114 11 75
METFORMIN HCL 220 123 12 8
LANTUS 197 127 13 47
CRESTOR 186 112 14 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 79 15 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 168 104 16 2
NAMENDA 164 163 17 32
FAMOTIDINE 161 81 18 36
OMEPRAZOLE 160 89 19 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 158 95 20 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 157 63 S3 21 7
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 155 47 R 22 87
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 109 23 10
ATENOLOL 144 79 24 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 142 142 25 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 74 26 39
CARVEDILOL 141 79 26 20
CLOPIDOGREL 126 95 28 30
NEXIUM 123 50 29 41
NAPROXEN 122 55 30 95
INSULIN SYRINGE 120 76 31 81
RANITIDINE HCL 120 79 31 37
GABAPENTIN 117 57 33 18
PROAIR HFA 107 51 34 50
FENTANYL 106 42 S2 35 78
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 78 36 17
PLAVIX 103 81 37 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 102 72 38 53
SINGULAIR 93 47 39 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 55 39 68
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 66 39 82
ALLOPURINOL 91 57 42 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 48 43 11
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 46 44 31
KLOR-CON M20 85 68 45 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 69 46 85
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 83 28 46 109
NOVOLOG 82 60 48 103
PHENYTOIN 82 50 48 280
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 33 50 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 63 50 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 67 52 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 69 53 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 64 54 27
VENTOLIN HFA 71 44 55 101
AZITHROMYCIN 69 43 56 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 49 57 76
JANUVIA 65 51 58 60
GLYBURIDE 65 29 R 58 65
KLOR-CON M10 62 49 60 139
NITROSTAT 59 40 61 181
CARBAMAZEPINE 58 40 62 146
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 31 63 23
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 25 64 153
BENICAR HCT 52 19 65 187
EXELON 52 39 65 118
VALPROIC ACID 50 50 67 174
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 16 67 84
LEVETIRACETAM 50 27 67 90
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. 31, 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.