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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 506 out of 2588

$388K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 729 out of 2588

149 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

9% of this provider’s 149 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,228 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
OMEPRAZOLE 552 211 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 461 155 2 2
CALCITONIN-SALMON 421 188 10 3 203
SIMVASTATIN 346 216 4 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 299 77 5 55
LACTULOSE 262 149 6 135
TOPIRAMATE 245 76 7 167
WARFARIN SODIUM 185 97 8 10
OXCARBAZEPINE 179 52 9 192
FAMOTIDINE 176 125 10 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 175 110 11 17
RISPERIDONE 170 29 12 57
LEVETIRACETAM 167 34 13 90
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 153 39 14 197
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 148 124 15 9
LOVASTATIN 136 55 16 34
ZETIA 133 61 17 69
FUROSEMIDE 124 117 18 5
CALCITRIOL 116 78 19 210
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 24 20 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 111 98 21 4
LISINOPRIL 108 73 22 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 93 22 11
LAMOTRIGINE 101 13 24 170
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 72 25 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 45 26 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 53 27 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 67 28 15
SINGULAIR 68 40 29 94
LATANOPROST 67 39 30 286
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 55 42 31 295
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 54 32 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 54 26 32 121
LUMIGAN 52 52 34 443
GABAPENTIN 52 47 34 18
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.