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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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37,739Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 2588

$2.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 2588

884 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

1% of this provider’s 884 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 884 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 34,257 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
DIOVAN 1,394 1,346 10 1 29
NEXIUM 1,152 1,101 2 41
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,033 922 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,019 986 4 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 946 876 5 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 900 868 6 24
SIMVASTATIN 899 786 7 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 882 866 8 4
LISINOPRIL 820 733 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 818 709 10 8
OMEPRAZOLE 777 699 11 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 705 665 12 9
TRAMADOL HCL 653 564 13 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 639 625 14 13
FUROSEMIDE 630 604 15 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 609 590 16 11
LIDODERM 606 567 17 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 455 431 18 23
DIOVAN HCT 448 448 19 72
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 446 387 20 31
MELOXICAM 439 405 21 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 416 383 22 21
ATENOLOL 400 379 23 14
RANITIDINE HCL 375 324 24 37
CLOPIDOGREL 366 345 25 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 363 323 26 15
CARVEDILOL 359 326 27 20
CRESTOR 349 343 28 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 332 328 29 22
MECLIZINE HCL 331 328 30 120
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 314 239 S3 31 7
PLAVIX 306 293 32 43
IBUPROFEN 282 259 33 62
JANUVIA 273 248 34 60
VOLTAREN 265 265 35 161
LOVAZA 263 253 36 119
GABAPENTIN 254 183 37 18
TRAZODONE HCL 254 192 37 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 252 229 39 39
LIPITOR 249 232 40 114
CLONIDINE HCL 242 237 41 54
AVODART 230 218 42 164
FAMOTIDINE 223 199 43 36
DIGOXIN 221 215 44 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 217 202 45 55
LANSOPRAZOLE 211 201 46 157
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 205 149 47 28
NIFEDIPINE ER 185 185 48 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 184 160 49 68
AZITHROMYCIN 176 164 50 45
DICYCLOMINE HCL 173 165 51 215
ALLOPURINOL 160 146 52 33
SODIUM CHLORIDE 160 136 52 168
FELODIPINE ER 158 146 54 108
NAMENDA 157 157 55 32
SERTRALINE HCL 156 140 56 26
NITROSTAT 148 147 57 181
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 147 147 58 49
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 146 134 59 96
PAROXETINE HCL 144 143 60 71
LANTUS 144 120 60 47
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 142 115 S3 62 80
ZETIA 141 134 63 69
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 137 104 64 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 125 65 17
ZENPEP 122 122 66 250
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 100 67 35
LACTULOSE 116 77 68 135
MIRTAZAPINE 115 99 69 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 105 70 27
SINGULAIR 112 72 71 94
ABILIFY 112 81 71 134
RISPERIDONE 110 90 73 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 109 109 74 53
METFORMIN HCL ER 108 107 75 67
CYMBALTA 108 104 75 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 107 103 77 58
SYNTHROID 107 107 77 88
NASONEX 104 104 79 218
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 103 77 80 132
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 103 103 80 149
LOPERAMIDE 102 80 82 238
PROPRANOLOL HCL 102 102 82 128
PROCTOZONE-HC 100 67 84 264
ACTOS 100 72 84 105
GLIPIZIDE XL 97 92 86 140
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 96 79 87 197
LEVETIRACETAM 90 80 88 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 83 88 40
AMIODARONE HCL 89 89 90 156
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 89 50 90 121
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 88 88 92 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 85 85 93 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 83 78 94 113
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 80 95 48
GLIPIZIDE 82 69 95 44
DILTIAZEM ER 82 79 95 150
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 62 98 82
OLANZAPINE 79 71 99 126
CILOSTAZOL 79 68 99 236
SOTALOL 77 77 101 297
HYDROXYZINE HCL 76 74 R 102 194
PROAIR HFA 76 48 102 50
SPIRIVA 74 72 104 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 74 42 104 89
KETOCONAZOLE 73 57 106 195
MICARDIS 72 72 107 274
CREON 72 67 107 216
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 72 58 107 85
ULORIC 71 71 110 310
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 70 70 111 166
GLYBURIDE 69 41 R 112 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 62 113 98
NYSTATIN 68 63 113 196
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 65 115 46
AMMONIUM LACTATE 66 63 115 308
CEPHALEXIN 65 53 117 138
NOVOLIN R 65 57 117 175
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 31 117 146
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 65 27 R 117 107
VALPROIC ACID 63 34 121 174
LEXAPRO 62 55 122 182
FINASTERIDE 61 39 123 97
LITHIUM CARBONATE 60 44 124 229
LABETALOL HCL 60 60 124 177
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 60 124 76
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 49 124 127
VENTOLIN HFA 59 52 128 101
BYSTOLIC 59 59 128 110
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 58 58 130 176
RANEXA 57 51 131 395
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 131 335
METOLAZONE 56 56 133 152
LOVASTATIN 55 50 134 34
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 55 55 134 198
SEROQUEL 55 43 134 186
NOVOLOG 54 39 137 103
LAMOTRIGINE 53 28 138 170
FLOVENT HFA 53 51 138 191
AMITIZA 53 40 138 302
TOPIRAMATE 52 30 141 167
KLOR-CON M20 52 52 141 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 52 R 141 91
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 45 141 136
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 49 145 155
FEXOFENADINE HCL 51 51 145 319
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 42 145 153
LYRICA 51 46 145 100
EDARBI 50 50 149 533
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 49 149 109
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 45 149 77
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 Feb. 7, 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.