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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,481Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1250 out of 2745

$241K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1524 out of 2745

112 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
24% Patients 65 Years and Older

100% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Illinois
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

32% of this provider’s 112 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 112 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $79 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$225K

2012

$252K

2013

$273K

2014

$241K

2015

Number of Claims

4,192

2012

4,272

2013

4,606

2014

4,481

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

299

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

25

patients, 22% of all patients

1 2
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

255

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

15

patients, 13% of all patients

P 2 62
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE

Treats gingivitis (swelling... +

Treats gingivitis (swelling of the gums) and other problems of the mouth and gums. Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

21

patients, 19% of all patients

3 227
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

14

patients, 13% of all patients

4 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 16% of all patients

5 59
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 13% of all patients

6 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 7 121
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 8 182
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

25

patients, 22% of all patients

9 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 10 80
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 10% of all patients

10 42
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 12 39
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 10% of all patients

13 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 14 4
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 14 154
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 16 10
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 17 188
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 18 254
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 19 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 20 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 21 32
CYCLAFEM 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 10 22 529
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 23 14
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 P 24 180
TAMIFLU

Used in the treatment of th... +

Used in the treatment of the infection caused by the flu virus (influenza A and influenza B). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

56

patients, 50% of all patients

25 300
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 26 92
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 27 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 28 20
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 28 11
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.