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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,026Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 2588

$605K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 323 out of 2588

663 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 663 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 663 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 16,914 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$34 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 1,350 1,300 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,158 1,110 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 660 626 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 584 551 4 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 540 513 5 13
FUROSEMIDE 495 477 6 5
ATENOLOL 455 440 7 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 432 402 8 9
METFORMIN HCL 399 369 9 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 385 333 S3 10 7
FELODIPINE ER 360 350 11 108
GABAPENTIN 315 300 12 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 305 298 13 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 299 294 14 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 290 255 15 11
TRAMADOL HCL 280 264 16 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 275 258 17 4
LOVASTATIN 267 261 18 34
ALLOPURINOL 264 264 19 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 254 247 20 49
MELOXICAM 219 202 21 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 215 215 22 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 185 178 23 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 183 24 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 163 159 25 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 156 155 26 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 155 132 27 39
SERTRALINE HCL 152 138 28 26
KLOR-CON 10 150 146 29 75
GLYBURIDE 147 133 R 30 65
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 145 140 31 40
CLONIDINE HCL 144 137 32 54
FAMOTIDINE 137 125 33 36
DIOVAN 133 133 34 29
CLOPIDOGREL 123 114 35 30
RANITIDINE HCL 117 103 36 37
TRAZODONE HCL 116 108 37 61
LANTUS 109 109 38 47
DIGOXIN 109 109 38 38
NAMENDA 104 104 40 32
INSULIN SYRINGE 102 101 41 81
DILTIAZEM ER 99 99 42 150
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 95 43 58
PLAVIX 94 90 44 43
CARVEDILOL 94 90 44 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 83 46 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 83 47 28
PROAIR HFA 83 80 48 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 82 49 48
VENTOLIN HFA 81 72 50 101
PAROXETINE HCL 81 79 50 71
KLOR-CON M20 79 68 52 52
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 79 52 84
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 72 54 92
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 76 55 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 74 56 46
NIFEDIPINE ER 71 71 57 59
CRESTOR 69 62 58 25
HUMULIN 70-30 69 64 58 230
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 59 60 106
ZETIA 66 66 61 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 55 R 62 87
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 58 63 98
AZITHROMYCIN 63 58 63 45
CARTIA XT 62 62 65 290
DIOVAN HCT 59 59 66 72
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 58 54 R 67 162
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 48 68 27
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 56 54 69 124
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 43 R 70 91
VYTORIN 55 55 70 200
VERAPAMIL ER 55 51 70 102
SPIRIVA 53 52 73 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 52 74 76
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 48 74 31
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. 24, 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.