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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,065Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 2588

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 2588

887 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

4% of this provider’s 887 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 887 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 21,331 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,197 1,048 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 941 822 2 2
LISINOPRIL 941 838 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 848 756 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 804 778 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 801 702 6 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 604 579 7 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 546 492 8 17
LOVASTATIN 471 405 9 34
METFORMIN HCL 424 335 10 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 413 388 11 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 393 352 12 39
FUROSEMIDE 380 356 13 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 343 282 14 28
ATENOLOL 330 310 15 14
CARVEDILOL 314 301 16 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 311 305 17 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 305 304 18 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 300 281 19 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 286 269 20 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 283 274 21 15
TRAMADOL HCL 271 239 22 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 270 238 23 40
PREDNISONE 230 182 24 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 215 205 25 53
NAMENDA 204 204 26 32
SERTRALINE HCL 202 145 27 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 199 160 S3 28 7
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 194 191 29 104
CLOPIDOGREL 188 180 30 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 179 31 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 180 136 31 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 171 150 33 55
FENOFIBRATE 166 130 34 64
PROPRANOLOL HCL 165 134 35 128
PLAVIX 163 154 36 43
NEXIUM 151 121 37 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 120 38 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 114 39 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 114 39 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 134 118 41 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 131 108 42 85
KLOR-CON M20 127 100 43 52
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 127 122 43 98
GABAPENTIN 123 96 45 18
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 119 104 46 144
SYNTHROID 116 116 47 88
RANITIDINE HCL 116 92 47 37
LEVOFLOXACIN 114 99 49 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 114 90 49 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 95 49 48
PEN NEEDLE 111 78 52 112
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 109 96 53 131
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 109 105 53 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 107 94 55 166
LANTUS 106 86 56 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 104 57 66
ALLOPURINOL 104 88 57 33
BUMETANIDE 99 93 59 117
METFORMIN HCL ER 99 99 59 67
SYMBICORT 98 86 61 129
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 96 82 62 132
CYMBALTA 94 62 63 70
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 73 64 93
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 91 65 13
DIGOXIN 90 78 66 38
CARTIA XT 87 66 67 290
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 80 68 49
CRESTOR 85 85 68 25
ZETIA 85 71 68 69
HUMALOG 82 63 71 141
FAMOTIDINE 82 68 71 36
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 78 64 73 205
CEPHALEXIN 77 76 74 138
SPIRIVA 76 49 75 56
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 71 75 113
DIOVAN 75 65 77 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 72 78 82
VYTORIN 74 74 78 200
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 71 59 80 201
NOVOLOG 71 61 80 103
FENTANYL 70 61 S2 82 78
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 68 62 83 202
LEVETIRACETAM 68 56 83 90
ZOSTAVAX 66 62 85 312
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 85 63
AZITHROMYCIN 66 60 85 45
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 66 57 85 149
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 55 89 68
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65 56 89 125
LABETALOL HCL 63 51 91 177
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 58 92 127
PROAIR HFA 62 57 92 50
FINASTERIDE 57 57 94 97
MELOXICAM 54 51 95 51
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 52 44 96 253
LANSOPRAZOLE 52 34 96 157
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 96 96
METOLAZONE 51 51 99 152
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 36 R 100 87
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 June 7, 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.