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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,651Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 2588

$2.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 2588

809 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

4% of this provider’s 809 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 809 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 25,782 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 1,931 1,453 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,368 1,092 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 1,121 780 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 1,022 809 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,001 838 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 955 709 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 881 675 7 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 748 431 8 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 745 347 S3 9 7
HEPARIN SODIUM 728 527 10 10 79
METFORMIN HCL 628 429 11 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 566 528 12 22
FAMOTIDINE 527 343 13 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 517 365 14 28
NAMENDA 511 493 15 32
CARVEDILOL 492 407 16 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 414 301 17 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 389 309 18 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 383 297 19 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 373 274 20 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 359 343 21 12
GABAPENTIN 358 262 22 18
LANTUS 348 196 23 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 333 254 24 27
TRAMADOL HCL 326 229 25 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 324 246 26 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 313 135 27 89
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 312 202 28 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 304 187 29 74
CLONIDINE HCL 287 183 30 54
CLOPIDOGREL 286 262 31 30
NOVOLOG 283 186 32 103
IBUPROFEN 258 113 33 62
MIRTAZAPINE 256 235 34 63
LEVETIRACETAM 254 151 35 90
ADVAIR DISKUS 248 157 36 48
DIOVAN 239 188 37 29
RISPERIDONE 238 142 38 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 235 163 39 24
NIFEDIPINE ER 232 198 40 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 230 211 41 21
SERTRALINE HCL 228 182 42 26
GLIPIZIDE 228 155 42 44
TRAZODONE HCL 226 155 44 61
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 225 131 45 116
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 214 169 46 68
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 204 189 47 83
OLANZAPINE 196 62 48 126
DIGOXIN 195 158 49 38
ATENOLOL 194 157 50 14
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 181 65 R 51 107
PLAVIX 179 164 52 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 175 72 53 40
HALOPERIDOL 175 93 53 154
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 174 106 55 109
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 132 56 16
PREDNISONE 166 78 57 42
SPIRIVA 166 96 57 56
ABILIFY 162 112 59 134
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 161 115 60 159
CRESTOR 160 122 61 25
FINASTERIDE 160 158 61 97
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 157 121 63 85
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 156 111 64 136
LOVASTATIN 154 131 65 34
FENOFIBRATE 153 55 66 64
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 147 27 67 121
SODIUM CHLORIDE 145 121 68 168
LEVOFLOXACIN 141 94 69 77
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 140 88 70 125
LIDODERM 139 117 71 86
EXELON 131 127 72 118
HUMALOG 130 84 73 141
SANTYL 129 104 74 160
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 125 76 75 176
TRICOR 119 81 76 122
SEROQUEL 117 81 77 186
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 116 97 78 132
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 115 107 79 49
MEGESTROL ACETATE 113 88 R 80 169
NEXIUM 112 64 81 41
VENTOLIN HFA 111 64 82 101
PROAIR HFA 109 38 83 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 107 92 84 81
CYMBALTA 104 80 85 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 101 65 86 55
VALPROIC ACID 101 58 86 174
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 93 63 88 127
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 57 89 58
ALLOPURINOL 92 88 89 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 80 91 17
AMIODARONE HCL 90 74 92 156
BACLOFEN 90 18 92 142
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 84 79 S3 94 80
LEVEMIR 83 55 95 206
LEXAPRO 77 64 96 182
RANITIDINE HCL 77 47 96 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 46 98 92
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 75 38 S2 98 204
TRAVATAN Z 75 73 98 232
METFORMIN HCL ER 74 49 101 67
HYDROCORTISONE 74 53 101 221
LACTULOSE 74 40 101 135
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 15 R 104 87
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 72 56 105 106
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 71 106 73
NOVOLIN R 70 37 107 175
KLOR-CON M20 69 47 108 52
LOVAZA 69 66 108 119
PAROXETINE HCL 68 46 110 71
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 32 110 151
GEMFIBROZIL 68 46 110 123
CARBAMAZEPINE 68 21 110 146
AZITHROMYCIN 66 40 114 45
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 64 57 115 295
LOPERAMIDE 64 55 115 238
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 60 117 96
BYSTOLIC 60 40 118 110
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 60 42 118 104
VANCOMYCIN HCL 60 31 118 265
MECLIZINE HCL 58 54 121 120
LYRICA 58 19 121 100
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 58 33 121 252
LIPITOR 58 55 121 114
LITHIUM CARBONATE 57 0 125 229
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 57 0 S2 125 291
METOLAZONE 57 51 125 152
GLYBURIDE 57 48 R 125 65
ONDANSETRON HCL 57 22 125 376
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 42 130 155
SINGULAIR 56 36 130 94
LAMOTRIGINE 56 22 130 170
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 42 133 131
NYSTATIN 55 29 133 196
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 14 135 228
FRAGMIN 52 50 135 522
VENLAFAXINE HCL 51 14 137 351
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 49 137 93
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. 12, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.