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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,693Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 270 out of 2588

$654K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 272 out of 2588

332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

5% of this provider’s 332 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 332 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,429 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% 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

35 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 457 446 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 422 405 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 414 406 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 364 351 4 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 335 320 5 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 311 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 270 270 7 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 240 238 8 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 213 S3 9 7
LISINOPRIL 204 199 10 3
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 184 184 11 104
NAMENDA 183 183 12 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 180 13 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 172 14 13
CYMBALTA 172 172 15 70
ATENOLOL 159 157 16 14
TORSEMIDE 159 159 16 133
DIOVAN 149 149 18 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 134 134 19 27
CLOPIDOGREL 118 113 20 30
ALLOPURINOL 112 112 21 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 107 22 21
KLOR-CON 10 101 101 23 75
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 101 23 58
RANITIDINE HCL 98 98 25 37
LOVASTATIN 98 98 25 34
PLAVIX 96 94 27 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 90 28 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 90 29 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 88 30 16
GABAPENTIN 89 89 31 18
SERTRALINE HCL 86 84 32 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 85 33 17
RISPERIDONE 82 82 34 57
PREDNISONE 81 80 35 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 78 36 83
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 36 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 75 38 11
METFORMIN HCL 74 72 39 8
EXELON 73 73 40 118
CELEBREX 72 72 41 99
AZITHROMYCIN 71 66 42 45
DIGOXIN 71 71 42 38
CARVEDILOL 68 64 44 20
FENTANYL 68 68 S2 44 78
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 67 67 46 149
TRAMADOL HCL 66 65 47 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 62 47 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 61 49 48
NAPROXEN 62 62 50 95
NEXIUM 61 59 51 41
EXFORGE 60 60 52 209
SYNTHROID 60 49 52 88
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 59 R 54 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 58 55 76
TRICOR 57 57 56 122
BENICAR 56 56 57 143
MECLIZINE HCL 55 55 58 120
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 54 59 23
JANUVIA 54 52 59 60
CRESTOR 54 54 59 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 62 49
FENOFIBRATE 52 52 63 64
NABUMETONE 50 50 64 147
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 May 3, 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.