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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,979Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 2588

$1.83M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 2588

368 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

29% of this provider’s 368 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 17,769 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

73 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
CRESTOR 909 532 1 25
METFORMIN HCL 846 580 2 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 695 568 3 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 577 424 4 23
FUROSEMIDE 528 419 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 527 424 6 1
DIOVAN HCT 525 380 7 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 520 365 8 4
CARVEDILOL 518 355 9 20
DIOVAN 502 392 10 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 485 330 11 13
NIZATIDINE 480 348 10 12 213
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 480 319 12 31
LOVASTATIN 461 316 14 34
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 458 298 10 15 261
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 443 271 16 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 442 333 17 39
GABAPENTIN 433 275 18 18
JANUVIA 418 270 19 60
LOVAZA 407 293 20 119
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 389 319 21 15
PLAVIX 381 294 22 43
CLOPIDOGREL 368 278 23 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 345 210 S3 24 7
NEXIUM 325 162 25 41
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 315 221 26 2
OMEPRAZOLE 301 190 27 6
IBUPROFEN 298 97 28 62
COMBIVENT 276 224 29 145
LANTUS 269 166 30 47
ACTOS 265 206 31 105
VENTOLIN HFA 264 201 32 101
SYMBICORT 263 224 33 129
TRILIPIX 254 127 34 185
SERTRALINE HCL 253 130 35 26
SPIRIVA 253 202 35 56
TRAMADOL HCL 249 150 37 19
HYDROXYZINE HCL 239 111 R 38 194
AVODART 236 181 39 164
RANITIDINE HCL 234 150 40 37
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 233 157 S3 41 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 217 114 42 24
FAMOTIDINE 216 131 43 36
SURE COMFORT 211 97 44 227
MELOXICAM 206 157 45 51
SINGULAIR 203 141 46 94
PROAIR HFA 199 125 47 50
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 198 105 48 158
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 122 49 11
AZITHROMYCIN 183 108 50 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 178 114 51 82
LISINOPRIL 175 136 52 3
GLIPIZIDE ER 174 133 53 73
ALLOPURINOL 155 110 54 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 98 55 12
INSULIN SYRINGE 145 109 56 81
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 144 75 57 136
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 79 58 9
DIGOXIN 139 116 59 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 138 122 60 17
FEXOFENADINE HCL 125 52 61 319
PAROXETINE HCL 124 35 62 71
TERBINAFINE HCL 121 70 63 374
FLOVENT HFA 118 58 64 191
FINASTERIDE 117 78 65 97
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 64 66 66
LIPITOR 113 80 67 114
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 108 68 10
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 111 44 69 270
FLUCONAZOLE 108 66 70 277
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 94 71 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 69 72 48
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 96 54 73 149
KETOCONAZOLE 95 56 74 195
DILTIAZEM HCL 91 76 75 228
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 89 70 R 76 241
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 88 64 77 153
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 58 78 28
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 79 47 79 271
MECLIZINE HCL 77 66 80 120
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 77 40 80 106
PREDNISONE 76 33 82 42
CLONIDINE HCL 75 15 83 54
PATADAY 71 29 84 240
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 70 16 R 85 87
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 59 85 335
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 43 87 53
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 37 88 58
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 42 88 93
NAPROXEN 64 25 90 95
ATENOLOL 63 40 91 14
CYMBALTA 62 35 92 70
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 62 33 92 131
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 0 R 94 91
BYSTOLIC 59 43 95 110
PATANOL 57 35 96 420
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 55 97 83
METOLAZONE 55 0 97 152
VESICARE 53 43 99 172
GEMFIBROZIL 52 12 100 123
TRICOR 51 15 101 122
CITALOPRAM HBR 51 16 101 27
FLUOCINONIDE 50 39 103 328
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. 18, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.