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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,756Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 2588

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 2588

486 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

7% of this provider’s 486 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 486 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 18,850 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 782 728 1 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 750 736 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 746 737 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 699 671 4 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 546 521 5 15
NAMENDA 487 487 6 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 474 395 S3 7 7
BUMETANIDE 474 464 7 117
LISINOPRIL 401 387 9 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 388 366 10 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 379 378 11 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 374 360 12 9
FUROSEMIDE 343 318 13 5
MIRTAZAPINE 317 311 14 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 310 304 15 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 263 16 24
CARVEDILOL 233 226 17 20
GABAPENTIN 225 215 18 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 213 191 19 68
SERTRALINE HCL 212 212 20 26
METFORMIN HCL 203 201 21 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL 202 196 22 53
RISPERIDONE 193 185 23 57
LIDODERM 192 189 24 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 188 185 25 17
ATENOLOL 182 168 26 14
TRAMADOL HCL 170 161 27 19
JANUVIA 165 162 28 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 156 156 29 21
FENOFIBRATE 150 146 30 64
CLOPIDOGREL 145 136 31 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 137 32 23
EXELON 135 135 33 118
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 113 34 28
MELOXICAM 132 132 34 51
PREDNISONE 128 125 36 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 121 37 83
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 119 119 38 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 110 39 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 110 40 74
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 109 103 41 85
CALCITONIN-SALMON 108 108 42 203
DIOVAN 103 103 43 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 94 44 13
FINASTERIDE 101 101 45 97
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 88 46 31
CLONIDINE HCL 94 90 47 54
PLAVIX 92 85 48 43
KLOR-CON M20 90 90 49 52
DIGOXIN 90 78 49 38
ALLOPURINOL 88 87 51 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 84 52 77
KLOR-CON 10 87 87 52 75
CYMBALTA 81 81 54 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 76 55 82
LYRICA 79 79 56 100
TRAZODONE HCL 77 68 57 61
AZITHROMYCIN 76 73 58 45
LANTUS 76 76 58 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 62 60 89
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 71 59 61 131
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 70 70 62 166
GLIPIZIDE 70 70 62 44
ZETIA 69 69 64 69
LEXAPRO 68 65 65 182
RAMIPRIL 68 65 65 111
NYSTATIN 66 66 67 196
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 62 68 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 65 68 58
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 64 63 70 158
METRONIDAZOLE 64 64 70 263
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 60 72 98
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 60 49 72 104
FAMOTIDINE 59 59 74 36
GLYBURIDE 59 59 R 74 65
SPIRIVA 59 55 74 56
LOVAZA 58 58 77 119
LOVASTATIN 58 57 77 34
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 57 79 73
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 57 S3 79 80
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 54 81 81
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 56 81 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 54 83 92
CRESTOR 55 55 83 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 53 85 48
ABILIFY 54 54 85 134
SINGULAIR 53 52 87 94
OLANZAPINE 53 47 87 126
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 48 89 125
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 51 89 55
CELEBREX 51 48 89 99
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 50 92 140
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 April 27, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.