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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,784Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 445 out of 2588

$411K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 660 out of 2588

392 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

10% of this provider’s 392 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 8,134 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 593 582 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 300 280 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 288 265 3 2
LISINOPRIL 245 224 4 3
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 239 239 5 212
FUROSEMIDE 229 207 6 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 227 198 7 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 211 186 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 191 165 9 8
TRAMADOL HCL 186 169 10 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 175 11 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 168 165 12 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 145 13 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 158 154 14 31
CARVEDILOL 156 152 15 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 130 16 15
RAMIPRIL 140 136 17 111
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 114 S3 18 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 134 19 10
ATENOLOL 113 109 20 14
TERAZOSIN HCL 113 113 20 137
DIGOXIN 107 107 22 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 98 23 17
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 99 99 24 98
GABAPENTIN 91 81 25 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 89 26 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 88 88 27 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 64 28 13
PREDNISONE 81 74 29 42
SERTRALINE HCL 80 80 30 26
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 76 76 R 31 243
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 68 32 82
ACTOS 71 71 33 105
DIOVAN 69 67 34 29
VERAPAMIL ER 65 61 35 102
CRESTOR 63 42 36 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 57 37 49
NEXIUM 54 41 38 41
PROAIR HFA 54 51 38 50
LOVASTATIN 54 51 38 34
KLOR-CON M20 53 40 41 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 42 21
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 July 8, 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.