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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,844Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 142 out of 2588

$852K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 132 out of 2588

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

6% of this provider’s 399 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 399 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 12,549 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 583 467 S3 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 573 472 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 505 384 3 10
LISINOPRIL 478 423 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 415 339 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 401 381 6 2
OMEPRAZOLE 355 281 7 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 347 335 8 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 292 9 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 330 280 10 4
NAMENDA 324 322 11 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 262 227 12 15
TRAMADOL HCL 245 200 13 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 197 154 14 27
CARVEDILOL 190 174 15 20
GABAPENTIN 185 138 16 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 181 155 17 74
CLOPIDOGREL 176 160 18 30
METFORMIN HCL 172 141 19 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 130 20 28
SERTRALINE HCL 155 108 21 26
FAMOTIDINE 154 129 22 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 152 123 23 24
CRESTOR 151 130 24 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 145 139 25 68
DIGOXIN 143 141 26 38
CLONIDINE HCL 119 108 27 54
SANTYL 116 115 28 160
PLAVIX 111 99 29 43
LANTUS 109 95 30 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 108 88 31 53
TRAZODONE HCL 104 83 32 61
RISPERIDONE 101 90 33 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 100 67 34 85
LEVETIRACETAM 98 69 35 90
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 95 35 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 87 37 55
HEPARIN SODIUM 91 86 38 79
TAMSULOSIN HCL 85 66 39 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 84 40 12
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 80 79 S3 41 80
KLOR-CON M10 78 72 42 139
SODIUM CHLORIDE 78 58 42 168
KLOR-CON M20 76 63 44 52
PREDNISONE 76 72 44 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 52 46 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 73 47 21
SEROQUEL 73 64 47 186
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 26 47 89
LIDODERM 71 69 50 86
ATENOLOL 71 65 50 14
BACLOFEN 71 17 50 142
CARBAMAZEPINE 71 22 50 146
LYRICA 70 62 54 100
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 48 55 92
OLANZAPINE 69 47 55 126
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 63 55 31
LEXAPRO 68 65 58 182
DIOVAN 68 58 58 29
SPIRIVA 66 56 60 56
AZITHROMYCIN 65 52 61 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 53 62 13
ALLOPURINOL 64 56 62 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 59 64 77
MIRTAZAPINE 62 61 65 63
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 60 66 49
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 58 53 67 116
LOPERAMIDE 57 56 68 238
GLIPIZIDE 56 47 69 44
CYMBALTA 56 52 69 70
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 52 69 83
SINGULAIR 56 44 69 94
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 54 49 73 339
JANUVIA 54 38 73 60
NOVOLIN R 52 44 75 175
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 52 51 75 379
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 51 77 104
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 46 78 58
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. 1, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.