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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 89 out of 2588

$782K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 169 out of 2588

327 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

11% of this provider’s 327 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 327 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 16,543 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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

54 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
LISINOPRIL 738 702 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 620 589 2 5
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 530 511 3 104
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 508 493 4 2
CARVEDILOL 485 482 5 20
OMEPRAZOLE 475 459 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 441 417 7 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 433 428 S3 8 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 417 417 9 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 405 368 10 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 402 402 11 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 367 343 12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 343 334 13 13
DIOVAN 319 294 14 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 302 15 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 281 257 16 12
METFORMIN HCL 274 262 17 8
NAMENDA 273 273 18 32
SERTRALINE HCL 251 239 19 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 242 234 20 15
KLOR-CON M20 228 219 21 52
TRAMADOL HCL 223 211 22 19
CLOPIDOGREL 212 210 23 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 196 184 24 49
FENTANYL 195 195 S2 25 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 195 192 25 16
GABAPENTIN 174 138 27 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 171 167 28 28
PLAVIX 168 168 29 43
NOVOLOG 154 135 30 103
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 149 149 31 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 147 141 32 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 140 137 33 21
PREDNISONE 140 139 33 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 111 35 68
GLIPIZIDE 121 109 36 44
MIRTAZAPINE 117 117 37 63
LANTUS 112 100 38 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 111 100 39 27
RANITIDINE HCL 108 102 40 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 107 91 41 23
KLOR-CON 10 104 104 42 75
RISPERIDONE 103 81 43 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 102 44 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 102 44 58
LEXAPRO 98 95 46 182
INSULIN SYRINGE 97 89 47 81
HYDRALAZINE HCL 91 79 48 53
CARBAMAZEPINE 87 77 49 146
GLIPIZIDE ER 86 86 50 73
LEVETIRACETAM 83 83 51 90
FENOFIBRATE 82 58 52 64
CEPHALEXIN 81 81 53 138
PROMETHAZINE HCL 81 77 R 53 180
METOLAZONE 77 73 55 152
DIGOXIN 77 77 55 38
ALLOPURINOL 74 74 57 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 72 58 17
DIOVAN HCT 70 58 59 72
FAMOTIDINE 70 64 59 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 68 59 48
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 58 62 109
BYSTOLIC 69 69 62 110
TORSEMIDE 68 68 64 133
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 66 65 83
AZITHROMYCIN 66 64 65 45
CYMBALTA 63 31 67 70
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 60 68 113
ZETIA 59 59 69 69
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 54 54 70 149
NYSTATIN 54 51 70 196
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 50 72 40
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 50 49 73 237
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 April 11, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.