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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,059Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 253 out of 2588

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 2588

332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% 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

34% 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

1% of this provider’s 4,202 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 700 168 S3 1 7
LISINOPRIL 513 229 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 414 129 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 413 272 4 4
GABAPENTIN 337 104 5 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 266 122 6 2
FAMOTIDINE 261 105 7 36
OMEPRAZOLE 217 104 8 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 215 86 9 16
TRAMADOL HCL 189 51 10 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 181 25 R 11 91
SIMVASTATIN 175 103 12 1
PROAIR HFA 167 76 13 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 83 14 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 162 64 15 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 148 45 16 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 76 17 12
SINGULAIR 134 38 18 94
PEN NEEDLE 129 26 19 112
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 62 20 11
FUROSEMIDE 127 52 21 5
ADVAIR DISKUS 124 18 22 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 22 23 24
PAROXETINE HCL 121 37 24 71
CARISOPRODOL 116 0 R 25 233
CRESTOR 115 52 26 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 48 27 9
SPIRIVA 108 42 28 56
CARVEDILOL 105 62 29 20
SYMBICORT 103 13 30 129
LYRICA 102 13 31 100
BUPROPION XL 97 33 32 256
LANTUS 96 41 33 47
SERTRALINE HCL 95 41 34 26
CYMBALTA 94 0 35 70
NEXIUM 91 44 36 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 12 37 55
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 87 13 S2 38 204
FENTANYL 83 13 S2 39 78
LOVASTATIN 83 61 39 34
ZAFIRLUKAST 81 18 41 368
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 0 42 92
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 17 42 153
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 29 44 81
PREDNISONE 78 34 45 42
NABUMETONE 77 21 46 147
VENTOLIN HFA 70 19 47 101
ABILIFY 70 0 47 134
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 13 R 49 87
ATENOLOL 66 34 50 14
FENOFIBRATE 65 0 51 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 20 52 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 52 53 21
TOPIRAMATE 59 0 54 167
OXYCONTIN 59 0 S2 54 273
NIASPAN 57 17 56 115
TRICOR 57 21 56 122
DIOVAN 56 36 58 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 19 58 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 55 22 60 15
TRAZODONE HCL 54 23 61 61
HUMALOG 53 18 62 141
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 0 62 74
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 0 62 157
CLOPIDOGREL 52 15 65 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 0 66 93
IBUPROFEN 51 0 66 62
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 April 22, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.