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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,374Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 481 out of 2588

$338K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 906 out of 2588

484 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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
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this specialty
in Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 484 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 484 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 7,547 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 540 467 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 408 384 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 390 371 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 378 353 4 13
ATENOLOL 360 314 5 14
LISINOPRIL 322 304 6 3
FUROSEMIDE 244 226 7 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 238 203 8 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 229 212 9 9
OMEPRAZOLE 217 205 10 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 167 S3 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 186 183 12 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 172 165 13 17
METFORMIN HCL 153 136 14 8
TRAMADOL HCL 150 135 15 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 127 16 11
SERTRALINE HCL 132 115 17 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 113 18 53
DIOVAN 109 100 19 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 91 20 24
RANITIDINE HCL 81 70 21 37
LOVASTATIN 78 77 22 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 57 23 40
VERAPAMIL ER 68 53 24 102
CLONIDINE HCL 67 64 25 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 67 25 12
ALLOPURINOL 65 65 27 33
CRESTOR 65 65 27 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 52 29 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 52 30 46
CLOPIDOGREL 59 59 31 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 51 31 15
GABAPENTIN 56 44 33 18
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 41 34 85
PLAVIX 55 55 34 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 36 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 50 36 39
PREDNISONE 50 49 36 42
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.