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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,073Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 2588

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 2588

462 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

8% of this provider’s 462 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 10,382 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

$65 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,036 417 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 768 409 2 6
HEPARIN SODIUM 638 445 10 3 79
FUROSEMIDE 611 467 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 526 253 5 1
LISINOPRIL 446 300 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 417 355 7 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 335 214 8 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 334 309 9 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 279 10 4
NAMENDA 297 226 11 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 281 154 12 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 276 149 13 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 276 197 13 28
ABILIFY 251 21 15 134
GABAPENTIN 246 164 16 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 225 28 17 68
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 213 81 18 116
LEVETIRACETAM 212 80 19 90
DIGOXIN 193 145 20 38
GLIPIZIDE 190 162 21 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 187 125 S3 22 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 51 23 13
METFORMIN HCL 172 140 24 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 172 153 24 23
IBUPROFEN 167 56 26 62
CARVEDILOL 162 126 27 20
FAMOTIDINE 151 108 28 36
RISPERIDONE 150 55 29 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 139 31 30 132
LEXAPRO 138 12 31 182
KLOR-CON M20 132 90 32 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 127 63 33 85
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 86 34 83
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 125 60 34 158
RANITIDINE HCL 124 0 36 37
FONDAPARINUX SODIUM 124 75 10 36 330
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 121 113 38 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 114 64 39 106
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 112 0 40 197
SERTRALINE HCL 109 66 41 26
NOVOLOG 100 98 42 103
CARBAMAZEPINE 100 0 42 146
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 74 44 77
MIRTAZAPINE 98 52 44 63
LANTUS 96 94 46 47
CYMBALTA 92 34 47 70
OLANZAPINE 84 29 48 126
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 81 19 49 159
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 58 49 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 59 51 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 78 0 52 121
LYRICA 78 39 52 100
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 77 23 R 54 107
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 55 55 27
DIOVAN 76 65 55 29
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 74 49 57 176
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 73 71 58 104
PREDNISONE 69 54 59 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 24 60 24
EXELON 68 35 60 118
LAMOTRIGINE 67 23 62 170
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 16 62 89
AZITHROMYCIN 66 37 64 45
KETOCONAZOLE 64 0 65 195
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 43 65 48
PLAVIX 63 56 67 43
LIDODERM 63 59 67 86
LOPERAMIDE 63 40 67 238
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 20 70 151
TRAZODONE HCL 59 47 71 61
CLOPIDOGREL 59 57 71 30
ATENOLOL 58 37 73 14
GEMFIBROZIL 57 20 74 123
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 16 74 128
SODIUM CHLORIDE 57 51 74 168
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 31 77 136
PROAIR HFA 54 25 78 50
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 13 78 155
AMOXICILLIN 54 0 78 130
LACTULOSE 53 0 81 135
NEXIUM 53 28 81 41
SPIRIVA 53 52 81 56
ZONISAMIDE 53 0 81 513
PERMETHRIN 52 37 85 327
PREMARIN 52 14 R 85 247
TOPIRAMATE 51 26 87 167
ACTONEL 51 0 87 184
MEGESTROL ACETATE 51 23 R 87 169
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 11 90 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 47 90 21
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 24 90 59
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 Jan. 8, 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.