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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,693Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 2588

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 2588

1,052 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,052 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 1,052 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 14,473 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 943 442 S3 1 7
LISINOPRIL 801 525 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 776 555 3 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 747 510 4 13
FUROSEMIDE 742 557 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 713 486 6 4
GABAPENTIN 529 310 7 18
METFORMIN HCL 520 302 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 445 317 9 15
TRAMADOL HCL 445 257 9 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 412 242 11 9
PROAIR HFA 387 224 12 50
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 382 244 13 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 368 259 14 12
IBUPROFEN 342 187 15 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 332 233 16 59
OMEPRAZOLE 325 254 17 6
COMBIVENT 317 209 18 145
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 308 138 S3 19 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 297 148 20 24
LOVASTATIN 273 200 21 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 243 137 22 53
NAPROXEN 243 146 22 95
GLIPIZIDE 238 158 24 44
RANITIDINE HCL 231 127 25 37
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 214 102 R 26 87
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 212 190 27 21
PLAVIX 204 144 28 43
DIOVAN 203 151 29 29
VENTOLIN HFA 199 97 30 101
CLONIDINE HCL 195 85 31 54
CARVEDILOL 191 139 32 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 188 158 33 2
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 188 111 33 106
DONEPEZIL HCL 185 175 35 22
FAMOTIDINE 173 118 36 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 173 109 36 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 130 38 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 125 39 28
ATENOLOL 154 105 40 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 98 41 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 106 42 11
AZITHROMYCIN 139 98 43 45
NEXIUM 136 79 44 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 68 45 49
DIGOXIN 132 120 46 38
CLOPIDOGREL 130 89 47 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 105 48 10
SINGULAIR 119 63 49 94
SERTRALINE HCL 115 43 50 26
MEGESTROL ACETATE 110 80 R 51 169
GLIPIZIDE ER 107 83 52 73
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 80 52 35
NIZATIDINE 104 58 54 213
ALLOPURINOL 103 75 55 33
INSULIN SYRINGE 100 70 56 81
DIOVAN HCT 99 60 57 72
LANTUS 99 61 57 47
COLCRYS 96 78 59 217
SURE COMFORT 95 50 60 227
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 66 60 17
LYRICA 93 48 62 100
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 60 62 46
LIPITOR 91 62 64 114
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 54 64 55
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 87 31 66 93
TRAZODONE HCL 82 27 67 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 81 64 68 132
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 44 69 84
HUMULIN 70-30 79 47 69 230
SPIRIVA 75 61 71 56
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 74 34 72 261
VERAPAMIL ER 74 67 72 102
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 40 R 72 91
LACTULOSE 73 39 75 135
FLOVENT HFA 72 36 76 191
GEMFIBROZIL 68 21 77 123
NITROSTAT 67 23 78 181
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 66 35 79 109
KLOR-CON 10 64 55 80 75
FEXOFENADINE HCL 63 46 81 319
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 45 82 16
KLOR-CON 8 62 47 82 260
CRESTOR 62 35 82 25
METHOCARBAMOL 62 38 R 82 303
NIFEDICAL XL 61 57 86 179
JANUVIA 60 53 87 60
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 29 R 88 194
PREDNISONE 58 47 89 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 30 90 58
SYMBICORT 54 44 91 129
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 47 91 85
PEN NEEDLE 53 23 93 112
ACTOS 52 50 94 105
LIDODERM 50 26 95 86
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.