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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,745Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 123 out of 2588

$833K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 143 out of 2588

546 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

3% of this provider’s 546 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 546 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 15,150 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
FUROSEMIDE 874 862 1 5
LISINOPRIL 660 626 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 623 613 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 536 497 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 535 504 5 6
NAMENDA 439 439 6 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 435 413 7 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 410 410 8 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 363 346 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 323 320 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 300 293 11 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 300 300 11 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 294 292 S3 13 7
ATENOLOL 276 276 14 14
SERTRALINE HCL 261 258 15 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 244 231 16 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 242 242 17 17
GABAPENTIN 199 199 18 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 186 181 19 73
KLOR-CON M20 182 155 20 52
MIRTAZAPINE 163 163 21 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 163 163 21 12
TRAMADOL HCL 150 150 23 19
SPIRIVA 134 133 24 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 130 25 13
CARVEDILOL 128 128 26 20
METFORMIN HCL 117 112 27 8
FAMOTIDINE 114 91 28 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 112 111 29 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 110 30 24
BUSPIRONE HCL 107 107 31 173
DIOVAN 107 107 31 29
ALLOPURINOL 103 103 33 33
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 101 97 34 149
RISPERIDONE 101 101 34 57
DIGOXIN 99 95 36 38
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 96 95 37 104
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 93 38 28
LOVASTATIN 93 81 39 34
LANTUS 92 92 40 47
CLOPIDOGREL 92 91 40 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 86 40 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 83 43 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 72 44 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 80 45 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 77 46 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 74 47 49
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 76 76 48 271
VERAPAMIL ER 76 76 48 102
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 72 50 68
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 62 51 85
METOLAZONE 73 68 52 152
PLAVIX 70 70 53 43
PREDNISONE 69 63 54 42
AZITHROMYCIN 67 66 55 45
SYNTHROID 67 63 55 88
NOVOLOG 67 67 55 103
EXELON 65 65 58 118
NABUMETONE 64 62 59 147
GLIPIZIDE 64 64 59 44
FENTANYL 63 63 S2 61 78
CALCITRIOL 60 60 62 210
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 55 63 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 39 63 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 55 65 98
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 48 R 66 91
MECLIZINE HCL 50 49 66 120
PAROXETINE HCL 50 48 66 71
BUPROPION HCL SR 50 49 66 246
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 June 11, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.