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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,944Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 2588

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 2588

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

12% of this provider’s 672 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 23,314 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

$53 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,731 1,666 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 1,133 1,102 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,007 988 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 820 804 4 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 779 779 5 21
NEXIUM 719 709 6 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 615 614 7 23
OMEPRAZOLE 546 531 8 6
GLIPIZIDE ER 498 459 10 9 73
FAMOTIDINE 482 464 10 36
LIDODERM 478 467 11 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 449 435 12 17
LISINOPRIL 435 409 13 3
CREON 371 370 14 216
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 368 363 15 106
CLOPIDOGREL 343 342 16 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 333 332 17 22
GLIPIZIDE 329 324 18 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 309 305 19 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 291 286 20 66
MELOXICAM 290 263 21 51
FUROSEMIDE 271 268 22 5
RANITIDINE HCL 245 244 23 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 244 244 24 10
DIOVAN HCT 235 235 25 72
ACTONEL 233 221 26 184
AVODART 224 224 27 164
PLAVIX 222 219 28 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 207 207 29 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 201 175 30 12
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 181 178 31 348
DIOVAN 179 179 32 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 167 33 13
ATENOLOL 173 163 34 14
AZITHROMYCIN 166 161 35 45
JANUVIA 164 164 36 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 151 37 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 150 38 40
BONIVA 147 147 39 381
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 146 146 40 49
SERTRALINE HCL 144 134 41 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 136 41 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 143 143 43 113
ACARBOSE 142 142 44 253
CARVEDILOL 136 136 45 20
CELEBREX 134 134 46 99
TRICOR 130 130 47 122
MEGESTROL ACETATE 130 130 R 47 169
ATELVIA 121 121 49 231
MECLIZINE HCL 118 111 50 120
NIASPAN 112 106 51 115
CRESTOR 109 109 52 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 108 108 53 46
LYRICA 105 105 54 100
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 103 103 55 324
NIFEDIPINE ER 103 103 55 59
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 99 S3 57 7
GABAPENTIN 99 86 58 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 93 59 76
LOVAZA 97 88 59 119
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 94 61 96
TRAMADOL HCL 91 91 62 19
PANCRELIPASE 5,000 90 90 10 63 411
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 88 64 53
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 88 88 65 258
NAMENDA 86 86 66 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 85 67 48
ZENPEP 80 80 68 250
PREDNISONE 79 76 69 42
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 77 S3 70 80
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 77 70 77
IBUPROFEN 75 74 72 62
GLIPIZIDE XL 74 73 73 140
ACTOS 71 71 74 105
LIPITOR 67 67 75 114
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 67 67 75 15
EVISTA 64 64 77 178
AMOXICILLIN 64 61 77 130
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 53 79 16
TERAZOSIN HCL 63 63 79 137
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 63 60 79 270
DIGOXIN 62 62 82 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 57 83 82
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 59 52 84 439
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 51 84 28
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 86 33
PAROXETINE HCL 58 58 86 71
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 55 86 109
PROBENECID-COLCHICINE 56 56 89 423
AMIODARONE HCL 54 54 90 156
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 54 90 136
CEFUROXIME 53 49 92 183
CIMETIDINE 52 52 93 522
LANTUS 52 51 93 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 93 83
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 49 96 74
TRILIPIX 50 50 96 185
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 Oct. 27, 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.