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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,979Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 2588

$746K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 195 out of 2588

701 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

5% of this provider’s 701 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 701 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 16,096 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 850 821 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 653 628 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 557 531 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 526 514 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 502 453 S3 5 7
LISINOPRIL 359 334 6 3
TRAMADOL HCL 286 272 7 19
FENTANYL 276 259 S2 8 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 261 261 9 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 227 10 9
MELOXICAM 254 225 11 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 253 252 12 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 252 244 13 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 220 14 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 207 203 15 4
DIOVAN 203 199 16 29
MIRTAZAPINE 198 198 17 63
PAROXETINE HCL 197 187 18 71
PREDNISONE 192 191 19 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 181 174 20 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 156 21 16
ATENOLOL 179 174 22 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 179 162 22 17
GABAPENTIN 178 176 24 18
NIFEDICAL XL 178 178 24 179
CELEBREX 175 157 26 99
DIGOXIN 175 174 26 38
CLOPIDOGREL 165 158 28 30
ALLOPURINOL 163 163 29 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 160 30 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 145 144 31 28
CLONIDINE HCL 144 143 32 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 135 33 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 134 134 34 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 127 35 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 128 128 36 46
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 127 112 37 151
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 123 115 38 131
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 116 116 39 21
CARVEDILOL 115 111 40 20
METFORMIN HCL 114 102 41 8
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 113 110 R 42 162
DEXAMETHASONE 113 111 42 435
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 101 44 74
PLAVIX 108 103 44 43
NAMENDA 107 107 46 32
BUMETANIDE 107 107 46 117
DIOVAN HCT 105 105 48 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 101 99 49 24
GLIPIZIDE 99 85 50 44
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 96 51 266
GLIPIZIDE ER 90 88 52 73
CEFPODOXIME PROXETIL 89 82 53 407
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 89 89 53 149
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 88 55 12
HUMULIN N 84 71 56 318
CYMBALTA 82 60 57 70
FENOFIBRATE 81 80 58 64
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 69 59 92
ACTOS 80 67 59 105
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 72 61 82
LOVASTATIN 79 72 61 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 78 63 11
SPIRIVA 77 77 64 56
NEXIUM 77 71 64 41
KLOR-CON 10 76 68 66 75
LEVOFLOXACIN 76 72 66 77
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 68 83
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 72 71 69 346
LANTUS 71 70 70 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 59 R 71 91
CARAFATE 69 69 72 390
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 69 68 72 155
CRESTOR 64 64 74 25
PROAIR HFA 62 48 75 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 54 76 85
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 58 77 128
TOPIRAMATE 56 30 78 167
RAMIPRIL 56 56 78 111
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 55 78 49
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 52 78 144
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 52 82 81
CHOLESTYRAMINE 54 54 83 444
GEMFIBROZIL 53 41 84 123
GLYBURIDE 53 53 R 84 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 50 86 27
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 47 86 202
CEPHALEXIN 51 51 88 138
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 Aug. 17, 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.