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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 74 out of 2588

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 2588

374 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 374 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 374 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 15,590 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 725 643 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 589 458 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 515 448 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 475 446 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 433 346 5 5
LISINOPRIL 416 340 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 414 379 7 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 410 316 S3 8 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 409 335 9 10
NAMENDA 395 347 10 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 376 327 11 9
RISPERIDONE 323 279 12 57
MIRTAZAPINE 314 305 13 63
GABAPENTIN 290 195 14 18
KLOR-CON M20 263 196 15 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 257 240 16 15
TRAZODONE HCL 245 186 17 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 233 215 18 27
LANTUS 219 180 19 47
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 214 170 20 104
NOVOLOG 210 165 21 103
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 209 201 22 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 203 190 23 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 201 172 24 28
NIASPAN 190 141 25 115
TORSEMIDE 190 175 25 133
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 182 160 27 85
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 152 28 11
CARVEDILOL 170 152 29 20
SPIRIVA 156 147 30 56
HYDRALAZINE HCL 149 135 31 53
FAMOTIDINE 147 136 32 36
LEVOFLOXACIN 145 129 33 77
HEPARIN SODIUM 145 139 33 79
CLOPIDOGREL 143 125 35 30
METFORMIN HCL 136 91 36 8
CLONIDINE HCL 128 76 37 54
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 98 38 92
DIGOXIN 123 99 39 38
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 121 104 40 98
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 117 41 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 117 105 42 116
LIDODERM 117 99 42 86
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 93 44 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 107 85 45 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 93 46 21
SERTRALINE HCL 101 52 47 26
KLOR-CON M10 99 87 48 139
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 98 44 49 68
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 98 88 49 131
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 83 51 48
VALPROIC ACID 91 49 52 174
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 85 53 12
BUDESONIDE 87 69 54 383
FENTANYL 83 83 S2 55 78
LEVETIRACETAM 83 55 55 90
AZITHROMYCIN 79 72 57 45
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 79 67 57 151
PREDNISONE 78 68 59 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 67 59 82
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 76 61 136
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 76 61 61 89
NYSTOP 74 56 63 242
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 62 63 49
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 73 67 65 176
CYMBALTA 73 56 65 70
NYSTATIN 71 56 67 196
AMIODARONE HCL 71 55 67 156
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 60 69 127
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 64 69 17
SANTYL 69 60 71 160
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 57 71 55
PLAVIX 67 61 73 43
CALCIUM ACETATE 66 61 74 421
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 64 54 75 74
ZETIA 64 59 75 69
DILTIAZEM HCL 64 47 75 228
METRONIDAZOLE 63 60 78 263
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 63 56 78 159
GLIPIZIDE 62 51 80 44
ACETYLCYSTEINE 60 24 81 485
CEPHALEXIN 58 48 82 138
DALIRESP 58 39 82 491
NOVOLIN R 58 39 82 175
ATENOLOL 57 51 85 14
RANITIDINE HCL 57 26 85 37
SUCRALFATE 57 45 85 193
HYDROCORTISONE 56 35 88 221
TRAMADOL HCL 55 53 89 19
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 90 84
JANUVIA 53 53 91 60
PROAIR HFA 53 51 91 50
ALLOPURINOL 53 42 91 33
FENOFIBRATE 52 24 94 64
PHENYTOIN 51 51 95 280
LYRICA 50 39 96 100
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 50 33 R 96 107
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 Dec. 31, 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.