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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,372Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 2588

$916K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 110 out of 2588

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

3% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 516 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 14,259 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 843 657 1 1
LISINOPRIL 831 596 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 772 607 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 699 566 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 681 504 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 615 435 S3 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 510 375 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 443 398 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 371 253 9 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 367 230 10 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 354 272 11 9
TRAMADOL HCL 304 242 12 19
FAMOTIDINE 290 121 13 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 255 219 14 28
CRESTOR 241 192 15 25
PAROXETINE HCL 219 175 16 71
CARVEDILOL 205 168 17 20
MELOXICAM 203 161 18 51
KLOR-CON M20 198 165 19 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 198 154 19 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 192 117 21 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 180 22 22
PROAIR HFA 178 70 23 50
ALLOPURINOL 173 142 24 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 173 127 24 77
CLOPIDOGREL 172 139 26 30
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 168 116 27 131
GABAPENTIN 163 114 28 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 122 29 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 152 103 30 58
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 149 114 R 31 243
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 145 97 32 11
NAMENDA 143 132 33 32
CLONIDINE HCL 137 98 34 54
ROPINIROLE HCL 135 107 35 113
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 116 36 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 129 50 37 48
PLAVIX 128 102 38 43
IBUPROFEN 128 70 38 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 115 40 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 123 90 41 81
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 81 41 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 93 43 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 104 44 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 101 45 82
DIGOXIN 116 89 46 38
TRICOR 113 51 47 122
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 113 57 R 47 87
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 112 49 49 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 70 50 24
AZITHROMYCIN 103 75 51 45
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 96 74 52 124
LYRICA 88 64 53 100
SPIRIVA 88 56 53 56
PREDNISONE 87 71 55 42
LANTUS 86 58 56 47
HUMALOG 84 70 57 141
NOVOLOG 83 67 58 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 80 47 R 59 194
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 55 60 68
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 79 53 60 109
LEVEMIR 75 64 62 206
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 75 54 62 106
MECLIZINE HCL 73 68 64 120
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 72 47 65 149
NEXIUM 71 23 66 41
COUMADIN 67 67 67 165
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 49 67 35
SERTRALINE HCL 66 63 69 26
SINGULAIR 65 37 70 94
VERAPAMIL ER 64 64 71 102
RANITIDINE HCL 63 33 72 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 59 73 84
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 30 73 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 58 75 16
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 41 76 132
SYNTHROID 57 57 76 88
SUCRALFATE 57 42 76 193
TRAZODONE HCL 56 32 79 61
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 56 44 79 220
GLIPIZIDE 56 52 79 44
METOLAZONE 55 35 82 152
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 43 83 31
FENTANYL 53 53 S2 84 78
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 52 48 S3 85 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 47 86 55
ATENOLOL 50 45 87 14
ZETIA 50 27 87 69
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 50 87 166
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. 23, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.