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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 161 out of 2588

$728K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 207 out of 2588

313 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

6% of this provider’s 313 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 13,378 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 473 448 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 425 398 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 420 420 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 392 380 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 335 323 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 327 6 10
NEXIUM 304 292 7 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 277 266 8 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 274 241 9 12
DIOVAN HCT 246 239 10 72
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 241 222 11 46
DIOVAN 229 222 12 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 220 214 13 9
PROPRANOLOL HCL 214 213 14 128
ALLOPURINOL 207 192 15 33
ATENOLOL 205 201 16 14
LIDODERM 204 202 17 86
SPIRONOLACTONE 190 171 18 58
LISINOPRIL 181 163 19 3
MELOXICAM 181 168 19 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 175 21 11
SERTRALINE HCL 175 165 22 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 174 174 23 31
RANITIDINE HCL 166 166 24 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 160 25 23
TRAMADOL HCL 156 149 26 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 144 123 27 39
KETOCONAZOLE 142 139 28 195
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 124 29 40
ARMOUR THYROID 138 126 R 30 414
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 138 136 30 17
CLONIDINE HCL 133 133 32 54
GABAPENTIN 133 130 32 18
CARVEDILOL 131 124 34 20
CLOPIDOGREL 123 114 35 30
DIGOXIN 123 123 35 38
MICARDIS HCT 119 96 37 331
FUROSEMIDE 119 110 37 5
MECLIZINE HCL 116 115 39 120
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 108 39 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 112 41 66
PLAVIX 110 105 42 43
NIFEDIPINE ER 107 105 43 59
GLIPIZIDE ER 102 89 44 73
SINGULAIR 101 99 45 94
VOLTAREN 99 97 46 161
MOMETASONE FUROATE 97 88 47 276
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 96 48 84
NAMENDA 92 92 49 32
ZETIA 91 84 50 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 91 50 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 67 52 48
LIPITOR 89 71 53 114
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 80 54 28
TRICOR 85 85 55 122
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 75 55 68
MICARDIS 84 84 57 274
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 66 S3 57 7
IBUPROFEN 83 83 59 62
CREON 81 81 60 216
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 76 72 61 197
GLIPIZIDE 73 58 62 44
AVODART 73 73 62 164
DICYCLOMINE HCL 69 64 64 215
NASONEX 68 66 65 218
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 62 66 98
PAROXETINE HCL 60 60 67 71
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 55 68 153
COUMADIN 58 58 68 165
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 52 70 137
CLONIDINE 56 56 70 369
CRESTOR 55 51 72 25
PREDNISONE 53 46 73 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 74 96
PROCTOZONE-HC 50 42 75 264
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 April 6, 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.