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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,561Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 2588

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 2588

1,351 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

4% of this provider’s 1,351 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 1,351 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 19,040 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 1,142 988 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,042 740 S3 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 931 828 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 883 815 4 10
LISINOPRIL 800 676 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 800 663 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 711 649 7 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 688 645 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 669 588 9 9
ATENOLOL 630 578 10 14
METFORMIN HCL 555 477 11 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 463 421 12 4
LANTUS 424 356 13 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 407 386 14 35
GABAPENTIN 391 311 15 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 377 318 16 27
CARVEDILOL 339 296 17 20
LOVASTATIN 315 260 18 34
INSULIN SYRINGE 288 203 19 81
CRESTOR 267 218 20 25
TRAMADOL HCL 242 177 21 19
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 213 192 22 96
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 201 165 23 16
ALLOPURINOL 193 178 24 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 192 187 25 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 191 149 26 11
ADVAIR DISKUS 187 157 27 48
HUMALOG 174 104 28 141
DIOVAN 168 149 29 29
FENTANYL 163 121 S2 30 78
GLIPIZIDE 162 150 31 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 159 31 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 140 33 66
DIGOXIN 145 130 34 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143 143 35 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 122 36 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 103 37 21
CLOPIDOGREL 120 96 38 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 102 39 40
RANITIDINE HCL 114 54 40 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 95 41 17
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 110 103 42 132
PROAIR HFA 108 59 43 50
FAMOTIDINE 107 95 44 36
VENTOLIN HFA 105 92 45 101
PREDNISONE 101 85 46 42
SERTRALINE HCL 98 83 47 26
KLOR-CON M20 94 88 48 52
VERAPAMIL ER 93 93 49 102
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 92 86 50 188
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91 85 51 15
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 80 R 51 91
GLYBURIDE 90 69 R 53 65
NAPROXEN 89 67 54 95
MECLIZINE HCL 88 82 55 120
PLAVIX 87 70 56 43
SPIRIVA 84 73 57 56
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 76 58 46
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 76 S3 59 80
PEN NEEDLE 75 48 60 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 65 61 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 49 R 62 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 60 62 93
COMBIVENT 68 43 64 145
TERAZOSIN HCL 68 68 64 137
METOLAZONE 68 60 64 152
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 65 64 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 61 68 49
FINASTERIDE 65 65 68 97
TORSEMIDE 63 63 70 133
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 51 71 58
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 62 61 71 149
NITROSTAT 62 58 71 181
SYMBICORT 60 48 74 129
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 43 75 98
DIOVAN HCT 56 49 76 72
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 55 52 77 198
LEVEMIR 53 19 78 206
LEVETIRACETAM 52 42 79 90
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 45 80 113
KLOR-CON M10 51 51 80 139
MELOXICAM 50 41 82 51
IMIPRAMINE HCL 50 41 R 82 429
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 June 11, 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.