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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,466Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 110 out of 2588

$743K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 197 out of 2588

530 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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

14% of this provider’s 530 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 15,544 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,309 1,235 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 821 787 2 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 670 659 3 21
ATENOLOL 562 536 4 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 508 466 5 46
FUROSEMIDE 438 420 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 394 393 7 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 389 357 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 343 318 9 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 316 10 10
ALLOPURINOL 326 313 11 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 289 282 12 31
LISINOPRIL 283 267 13 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 270 228 S3 14 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 264 251 15 15
GLYBURIDE 259 217 R 16 65
HYDRALAZINE HCL 217 204 17 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 216 206 18 24
METFORMIN HCL 212 197 19 8
NAMENDA 211 211 20 32
SERTRALINE HCL 209 201 21 26
TRAMADOL HCL 202 192 22 19
RANITIDINE HCL 201 191 23 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 194 192 24 4
DIGOXIN 184 179 25 38
GABAPENTIN 178 160 26 18
ZETIA 176 162 27 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 172 28 22
CEPHALEXIN 172 165 28 138
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 160 160 30 83
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 144 31 11
EVISTA 138 138 32 178
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 132 32 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 132 34 28
CARVEDILOL 128 128 35 20
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 119 117 36 124
SPIRONOLACTONE 117 109 37 58
CLOPIDOGREL 104 102 38 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 102 39 16
TERAZOSIN HCL 100 89 40 137
SUCRALFATE 96 96 41 193
RISPERIDONE 94 94 42 57
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 91 78 43 202
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 91 R 43 91
VYTORIN 90 68 45 200
CRESTOR 87 87 46 25
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 85 73 47 212
PEN NEEDLE 81 72 48 112
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 78 49 127
FENOFIBRATE 75 71 50 64
PLAVIX 74 69 51 43
FINASTERIDE 72 72 52 97
PRAZOSIN HCL 71 71 53 340
KLOR-CON 10 71 66 53 75
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 69 55 128
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 52 56 48
AZITHROMYCIN 61 59 57 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 60 58 93
FLUCONAZOLE 59 57 59 277
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 54 60 82
LEVETIRACETAM 51 51 61 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 48 62 40
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 Feb. 18, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.