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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,346Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 237 out of 2588

$562K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 377 out of 2588

572 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

10% of this provider’s 572 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 11,559 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 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
ATENOLOL 674 671 1 14
SIMVASTATIN 621 570 2 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 498 479 3 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493 467 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 459 428 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 423 392 6 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 363 354 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 354 324 8 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 255 247 9 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 245 241 10 31
LISINOPRIL 230 220 11 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213 178 12 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 209 196 13 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 204 195 14 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 192 153 S3 15 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 186 161 16 15
METFORMIN HCL 180 161 17 8
TRAMADOL HCL 173 171 18 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 148 129 19 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 138 19 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 140 133 21 27
TERAZOSIN HCL 136 136 22 137
GABAPENTIN 133 125 23 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 128 128 24 22
CLONIDINE HCL 125 102 25 54
GLYBURIDE 120 119 R 26 65
ALLOPURINOL 114 112 27 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 112 28 12
CLOPIDOGREL 104 97 29 30
METFORMIN HCL ER 100 100 30 67
PREDNISONE 99 95 31 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 98 32 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91 90 33 16
SERTRALINE HCL 90 90 34 26
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 88 88 35 212
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 80 36 81
SYNTHROID 81 81 37 88
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 71 38 55
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 70 39 125
DIOVAN 75 52 39 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 54 41 53
LOVASTATIN 67 65 42 34
PROPRANOLOL HCL 67 67 42 128
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 67 42 28
NEXIUM 64 63 45 41
PLAVIX 62 60 46 43
LANTUS 61 59 47 47
GEMFIBROZIL 60 56 48 123
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 55 49 85
HUMULIN N 58 58 50 318
AZITHROMYCIN 58 56 50 45
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 57 55 52 360
ACTOS 55 55 53 105
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 49 53 82
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 43 55 46
PROAIR HFA 51 47 56 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 57 49
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. 21, 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.