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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,558Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 2588

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 87 out of 2588

879 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

4% of this provider’s 879 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 879 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,474 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 846 755 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 846 679 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 810 708 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 730 569 4 8
ATENOLOL 693 652 5 14
OMEPRAZOLE 674 568 6 6
LISINOPRIL 644 523 7 3
CLONIDINE HCL 547 443 8 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 475 376 9 9
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 458 390 10 10 201
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 421 354 11 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 379 329 12 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 373 289 13 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 362 260 S3 14 7
GLYBURIDE 338 281 R 15 65
SERTRALINE HCL 327 252 16 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 307 254 17 28
TRAMADOL HCL 295 258 18 19
GABAPENTIN 261 144 19 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 254 232 20 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 242 181 21 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 234 223 22 55
LANTUS 232 166 23 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 226 214 24 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 168 25 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 201 158 26 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 185 167 27 68
PREDNISONE 182 157 28 42
KLOR-CON M20 177 146 29 52
CLOPIDOGREL 173 147 30 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 168 168 31 21
VERAPAMIL ER 167 167 32 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 158 157 33 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 141 34 11
DIGOXIN 150 137 35 38
FENTANYL 147 131 S2 36 78
CARVEDILOL 143 115 37 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 142 62 R 38 87
ROPINIROLE HCL 133 104 39 113
ALLOPURINOL 129 112 40 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 127 41 49
PLAVIX 127 105 41 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 102 43 16
ETODOLAC 122 95 44 287
LEVOFLOXACIN 119 105 45 77
MECLIZINE HCL 117 102 46 120
CITALOPRAM HBR 117 105 46 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 117 98 46 53
SPIRIVA 116 105 49 56
LOVASTATIN 110 78 50 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 89 51 74
PAROXETINE HCL 106 92 52 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 77 53 58
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 102 83 54 144
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 82 55 40
LEVETIRACETAM 99 88 56 90
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 99 55 56 93
PEN NEEDLE 93 49 58 112
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 87 58 46
PROPRANOLOL HCL 92 70 60 128
FLUOCINONIDE 86 84 61 328
VOLTAREN 85 69 62 161
FAMOTIDINE 84 54 63 36
LYRICA 84 75 63 100
NIFEDIPINE ER 83 71 65 59
RAMIPRIL 81 81 66 111
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 46 67 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 64 67 82
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 60 S3 69 80
PROAIR HFA 78 58 70 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 75 70 98
SYMBICORT 77 54 72 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 62 73 48
AMOXICILLIN 73 57 74 130
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 50 R 74 91
KLOR-CON 10 71 68 76 75
NEXIUM 70 45 77 41
GLIPIZIDE 69 69 78 44
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 68 64 79 116
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 79 83
MELOXICAM 66 40 81 51
NAMENDA 65 65 82 32
MUPIROCIN 65 58 82 235
DILTIAZEM HCL 63 52 84 228
CRESTOR 62 48 85 25
CYMBALTA 61 27 86 70
LEXAPRO 59 51 87 182
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 45 88 132
CEPHALEXIN 57 45 89 138
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 56 46 90 234
NOVOLOG 56 47 90 103
TRAZODONE HCL 56 34 90 61
RANITIDINE HCL 55 46 93 37
KLOR-CON M10 55 51 93 139
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 53 42 95 331
IBUPROFEN 52 42 96 62
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 38 96 96
SYNTHROID 51 51 98 88
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 35 99 17
AZITHROMYCIN 50 40 99 45
RISPERIDONE 50 38 99 57
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 Nov. 1, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.