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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,310Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 238 out of 2588

$595K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 335 out of 2588

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

7% of this provider’s 519 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 519 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 9,735 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
FUROSEMIDE 574 493 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 545 422 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 449 332 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 368 259 S3 4 7
LISINOPRIL 366 306 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 366 307 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 327 299 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 306 276 8 15
METFORMIN HCL 298 217 9 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 222 187 10 10
ATENOLOL 217 178 11 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 191 191 12 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 178 124 13 39
KLOR-CON M20 176 136 14 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 169 96 15 55
NAMENDA 159 158 16 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 137 17 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 146 139 18 21
CARVEDILOL 137 125 19 20
GABAPENTIN 131 82 20 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 128 115 21 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 109 21 77
SERTRALINE HCL 126 115 23 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 124 24 27
DIOVAN 122 84 25 29
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 107 106 26 104
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 74 27 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 104 92 28 85
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 94 66 29 93
TRAMADOL HCL 93 86 30 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 77 31 17
JANUVIA 88 51 32 60
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 83 57 33 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 18 34 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 62 35 89
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 60 36 16
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 63 37 53
CEPHALEXIN 75 59 37 138
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 62 37 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 67 40 74
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 65 40 109
FENTANYL 69 68 S2 42 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 50 43 48
LANTUS 68 61 43 47
PREDNISONE 67 53 45 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 60 46 82
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 45 47 46
CLOPIDOGREL 63 44 48 30
PAROXETINE HCL 61 49 49 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 31 49 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 39 51 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 59 51 83
NEXIUM 56 33 53 41
FAMOTIDINE 55 41 54 36
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 55 16 54 116
FLURBIPROFEN 54 43 56 503
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 54 51 56 11
CLONIDINE HCL 52 33 58 54
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 51 0 59 159
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 60 58
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 Aug. 10, 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.