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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,674Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 2588

$966K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 2588

566 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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 566 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 566 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 14,600 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$58 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
LISINOPRIL 756 683 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 680 635 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 592 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 514 414 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 466 460 5 22
NAMENDA 424 424 6 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 368 310 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 325 295 8 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 324 284 9 9
GABAPENTIN 283 259 10 18
OMEPRAZOLE 246 201 11 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 236 212 12 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 235 181 S3 13 7
METFORMIN HCL 231 209 14 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 231 197 14 27
MIRTAZAPINE 222 200 16 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 213 207 17 15
FAMOTIDINE 205 188 18 36
TRAMADOL HCL 201 171 19 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 192 167 20 11
SERTRALINE HCL 191 172 21 26
CARVEDILOL 189 167 22 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 169 23 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 158 24 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 168 158 25 55
CLOPIDOGREL 164 148 26 30
LANTUS 161 140 27 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 134 28 28
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 150 111 29 116
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 120 30 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 130 113 31 68
KLOR-CON M20 122 93 32 52
PLAVIX 112 98 33 43
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 110 84 34 104
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 102 35 49
DIGOXIN 106 104 36 38
DIOVAN 101 96 37 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 74 38 40
EXELON 99 99 39 118
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 96 77 40 121
TRAZODONE HCL 93 87 41 61
OLANZAPINE 91 67 42 126
ROPINIROLE HCL 90 59 43 113
GLIPIZIDE 89 89 44 44
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 72 44 127
ALLOPURINOL 87 86 46 33
AZITHROMYCIN 86 64 47 45
FENTANYL 86 86 S2 47 78
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 68 49 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 80 50 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 78 51 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 81 43 52 89
NOVOLOG 80 72 53 103
CYMBALTA 80 77 53 70
SODIUM CHLORIDE 76 58 55 168
NEXIUM 75 61 56 41
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 75 56 56 131
IBUPROFEN 74 67 58 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 73 58 125
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 74 58 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 58 61 48
SPIRIVA 69 66 62 56
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 65 63 46
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 54 63 77
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 63 65 35
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 51 65 173
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 53 67 85
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 46 68 16
PREDNISONE 59 46 69 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 40 70 24
RISPERIDONE 56 56 71 57
LEXAPRO 55 52 72 182
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 51 72 228
MUPIROCIN 53 33 74 235
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 51 74 39
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 52 45 76 159
TRICOR 50 33 77 122
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 36 R 77 87
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 Jan. 15, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.