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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,314Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 154 out of 2588

$772K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 179 out of 2588

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

6% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 428 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 12,972 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 568 549 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 473 473 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 444 420 3 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 383 370 4 10
LISINOPRIL 365 304 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 349 310 6 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 319 222 S3 7 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 304 295 8 16
METFORMIN HCL 292 268 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 284 270 10 13
CARVEDILOL 248 232 11 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 243 228 12 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 205 13 9
PREDNISONE 231 216 14 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 194 172 15 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 192 179 16 27
DIGOXIN 184 184 17 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 181 181 18 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 179 167 19 11
AZITHROMYCIN 171 156 20 45
ZETIA 168 147 21 69
NAMENDA 162 159 22 32
CLOPIDOGREL 155 154 23 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 133 24 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 127 25 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 128 26 35
MIRTAZAPINE 134 134 27 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 134 131 27 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 133 29 21
ATENOLOL 132 127 30 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 123 89 31 68
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 121 121 32 76
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 112 33 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 117 34 23
FENTANYL 116 116 S2 35 78
TRAMADOL HCL 114 104 36 19
NEXIUM 114 108 36 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 113 107 38 84
ALLOPURINOL 104 93 39 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 102 40 66
LOVASTATIN 95 82 41 34
PLAVIX 94 91 42 43
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 94 92 S3 42 80
CYMBALTA 89 64 44 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 72 45 82
LYRICA 81 74 46 100
LANTUS 78 66 47 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 76 R 48 91
GABAPENTIN 76 63 48 18
GEMFIBROZIL 75 62 50 123
NAPROXEN 71 71 51 95
CELEBREX 71 54 51 99
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 59 53 28
CEPHALEXIN 67 59 53 138
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 59 55 269
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 66 40 55 151
CRESTOR 65 65 57 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 64 57 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 59 83
ABILIFY 62 50 59 134
RISPERIDONE 61 59 61 57
DIOVAN HCT 60 58 62 72
FINASTERIDE 60 60 62 97
QUINAPRIL HCL 58 57 64 148
JANUVIA 54 36 65 60
SERTRALINE HCL 53 48 66 26
ACTOS 52 49 67 105
METHOTREXATE 51 51 68 190
VERAPAMIL ER 51 51 68 102
PHENYTOIN 50 36 70 280
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 50 70 40
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 25 70 109
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 50 70 137
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 July 23, 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.