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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,411Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 91 out of 2588

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 2588

355 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

7% of this provider’s 355 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 16,022 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,002 919 1 1
NEXIUM 893 806 2 41
LIDODERM 681 616 3 86
DIOVAN 592 588 4 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 535 467 5 21
PATADAY 471 429 6 240
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 442 413 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 433 407 8 8
CELEBREX 377 332 9 99
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 377 326 9 106
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 376 323 11 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 312 297 12 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 295 257 13 2
JANUVIA 254 243 14 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 236 226 15 23
NASONEX 224 199 16 218
ZETIA 221 216 17 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 216 200 18 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 210 19 9
LISINOPRIL 214 199 20 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 209 207 21 76
DIOVAN HCT 207 200 22 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 207 206 22 24
CRESTOR 194 172 24 25
GABAPENTIN 182 171 25 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 171 171 26 48
KETOCONAZOLE 170 160 27 195
RANITIDINE HCL 169 138 28 37
PROAIR HFA 164 153 29 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 151 30 13
AZITHROMYCIN 157 143 31 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 152 123 32 40
ATELVIA 145 103 33 231
TRAMADOL HCL 142 136 34 19
OMEPRAZOLE 141 134 35 6
NAMENDA 131 131 36 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL 129 110 R 37 180
SINGULAIR 125 119 38 94
LANTUS 112 100 39 47
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 111 101 40 391
ALLOPURINOL 104 102 41 33
AVODART 103 103 42 164
LOPERAMIDE 101 96 43 238
AMOXICILLIN 98 82 44 130
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 98 83 10 44 449
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 95 91 46 258
NIZATIDINE 94 94 47 213
ATENOLOL 94 71 47 14
GLIPIZIDE XL 93 84 49 140
CLOPIDOGREL 90 90 50 30
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 88 72 51 331
SYMBICORT 88 88 51 129
LIPITOR 88 84 51 114
NIFEDIPINE ER 86 78 54 59
FAMOTIDINE 82 80 55 36
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 79 69 56 158
COREG CR 77 77 57 462
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 74 R 58 91
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 72 72 59 149
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 69 S3 59 7
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 72 64 59 153
LYRICA 68 64 62 100
BARACLUDE 68 68 62 425
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 58 64 31
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 50 64 82
COLCRYS 64 61 66 217
TRILIPIX 63 58 67 185
GEMFIBROZIL 62 54 68 123
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 62 52 68 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 46 70 46
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 70 156
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 59 42 72 435
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 47 72 84
BENICAR HCT 58 45 74 187
PLAVIX 57 57 75 43
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 56 56 76 350
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 54 76 73
CARVEDILOL 53 49 78 20
SPIRIVA 52 52 79 56
IBUPROFEN 52 48 79 62
GLIPIZIDE 51 50 81 44
VIREAD 51 51 81 380
EXELON 51 51 81 118
PREDNISONE 50 50 84 42
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 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.