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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,530Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 469 out of 2588

$718K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 218 out of 2588

351 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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

15% of this provider’s 351 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 8,202 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 339 318 1 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 283 266 2 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 237 233 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 212 200 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 204 5 11
PREDNISONE 154 153 6 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 146 146 7 68
FUROSEMIDE 144 144 8 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 133 9 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 138 133 10 16
KLOR-CON 10 133 133 11 75
BYSTOLIC 118 108 12 110
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 96 S3 13 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 106 14 17
CRESTOR 104 104 15 25
AZITHROMYCIN 102 100 16 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 100 17 9
COUMADIN 98 98 18 165
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 95 77 19 74
ZETIA 93 93 20 69
TORSEMIDE 93 93 20 133
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 91 22 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 84 23 13
DIOVAN 83 75 24 29
LISINOPRIL 81 81 25 3
ATENOLOL 80 80 26 14
RAMIPRIL 78 78 27 111
TRAMADOL HCL 77 77 28 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 77 72 28 12
LEXAPRO 75 75 30 182
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 75 30 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 72 30 82
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 75 30 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 73 34 48
NEXIUM 71 71 35 41
GABAPENTIN 71 65 35 18
ALLOPURINOL 70 70 37 33
VESICARE 69 69 38 172
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 56 39 23
SYNTHROID 66 66 40 88
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 65 41 77
OMEPRAZOLE 65 65 41 6
DIGOXIN 62 62 43 38
NAMENDA 59 59 44 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 58 58 45 10
CLONIDINE HCL 57 57 46 54
TRAZODONE HCL 57 53 46 61
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 56 48 128
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 Aug. 20, 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.