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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,248Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 759 out of 2588

$286K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1111 out of 2588

211 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 211 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 4,364 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 252 202 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 249 181 2 1
HEPARIN SODIUM 246 181 3 79
FUROSEMIDE 230 171 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 211 156 5 9
LISINOPRIL 209 149 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 170 7 22
IBUPROFEN 159 82 8 62
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 149 83 9 116
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 131 66 10 159
METFORMIN HCL 122 111 11 8
OMEPRAZOLE 115 105 12 6
RISPERIDONE 99 75 13 57
GLIPIZIDE 94 82 14 44
CLONIDINE HCL 93 40 15 54
HALOPERIDOL 92 73 16 154
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 76 16 28
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 89 56 18 109
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 57 19 59
FAMOTIDINE 85 47 19 36
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 81 54 21 2
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 80 41 R 22 107
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 64 23 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 66 23 53
WARFARIN SODIUM 73 54 25 10
CARVEDILOL 72 46 26 20
SERTRALINE HCL 69 30 27 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 47 28 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 62 29 46
GLUCAGEN 60 16 30 375
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 58 45 31 104
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 34 32 149
LEVETIRACETAM 54 31 33 90
VALPROIC ACID 54 13 33 174
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 51 41 35 176
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 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.