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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,730Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 181 out of 2588

$773K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 2588

353 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
27%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 353 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 4,794 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 549 93 R 1 107
METFORMIN HCL 387 111 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 374 152 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 317 144 4 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 305 15 5 121
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 291 64 6 89
LISINOPRIL 284 90 7 3
IBUPROFEN 284 83 7 62
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 281 139 9 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 278 102 10 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 264 100 11 28
FUROSEMIDE 258 130 12 5
RISPERIDONE 253 97 13 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 239 107 14 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 238 76 15 9
HEPARIN SODIUM 216 107 16 79
FAMOTIDINE 215 42 17 36
GLIPIZIDE 205 81 18 44
VALPROIC ACID 203 17 19 174
OMEPRAZOLE 203 75 19 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 62 21 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 192 28 S3 22 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 87 23 11
RANITIDINE HCL 154 73 24 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 43 25 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 106 26 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 44 27 23
CARVEDILOL 141 67 28 20
LACTULOSE 136 46 29 135
CLONIDINE HCL 118 60 30 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 116 50 31 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 109 64 32 31
TRAZODONE HCL 109 31 32 61
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 108 16 34 109
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 105 77 35 116
TRAMADOL HCL 102 41 36 19
CARBAMAZEPINE 102 14 36 146
OXCARBAZEPINE 90 0 38 192
GABAPENTIN 90 35 38 18
LEVETIRACETAM 87 30 40 90
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 12 40 136
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 83 11 42 272
CITALOPRAM HBR 83 28 42 27
LITHIUM CARBONATE 82 13 44 229
SPIRIVA 82 12 44 56
NAMENDA 82 64 44 32
NOVOLIN R 81 21 47 175
SODIUM CHLORIDE 79 29 48 168
HALOPERIDOL 79 15 48 154
FENOFIBRATE 79 0 48 64
TRICOR 73 18 51 122
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 47 R 52 169
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 63 S3 53 80
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 39 54 83
ABILIFY 69 0 54 134
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 69 41 54 104
CLOPIDOGREL 68 23 57 30
PROAIR HFA 65 0 58 50
RISPERDAL CONSTA 64 19 59 300
NOVOLIN N 58 15 60 298
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 58 0 60 306
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 0 62 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 0 63 48
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 55 35 64 159
PLAVIX 55 19 64 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 47 66 53
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 15 67 58
SERTRALINE HCL 52 29 67 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 0 69 55
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 50 0 70 252
OLANZAPINE 50 11 70 126
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.