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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,454Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 2588

$2.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 2588

691 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

3% of this provider’s 691 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 691 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 21,681 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

53 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 2,211 1,176 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,801 851 2 6
LISINOPRIL 1,331 821 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,240 730 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 952 694 5 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 880 601 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 790 454 7 9
CLOZAPINE 691 173 8 163
METFORMIN HCL 660 323 9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 633 466 10 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 523 496 11 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 475 382 S3 12 7
FAMOTIDINE 446 208 13 36
NAMENDA 397 355 14 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 390 245 15 23
RISPERIDONE 373 240 16 57
FENOFIBRATE 370 109 17 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 355 229 18 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 351 152 19 106
TRAZODONE HCL 342 276 20 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 338 251 21 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 334 199 22 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 150 23 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 326 243 24 28
FAZACLO 320 128 25 275
SERTRALINE HCL 316 264 26 26
TRAMADOL HCL 315 195 27 19
GLIPIZIDE 304 178 28 44
NIASPAN 286 83 29 115
ADVAIR DISKUS 275 139 30 48
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 269 72 R 31 107
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 266 70 10 32 345
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 264 180 33 21
RANITIDINE HCL 263 101 34 37
KLOR-CON M20 261 239 35 52
SPIRIVA 255 79 36 56
CLOPIDOGREL 254 189 37 30
LANTUS 248 193 38 47
OLANZAPINE 237 106 39 126
GABAPENTIN 227 149 40 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 226 167 41 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 223 199 42 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 213 68 43 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 208 111 44 121
CYMBALTA 206 138 45 70
LACTULOSE 205 78 46 135
CARVEDILOL 198 177 47 20
GEMFIBROZIL 178 37 48 123
DIGOXIN 177 159 49 38
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 177 91 49 74
NIFEDIPINE ER 174 87 51 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 172 146 52 68
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 171 144 53 89
PLAVIX 171 127 53 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 167 59 55 55
TOPIRAMATE 154 41 56 167
LOPERAMIDE 150 127 57 238
LIDODERM 148 121 58 86
HYDRALAZINE HCL 147 102 59 53
LITHIUM CARBONATE 147 43 59 229
LYRICA 145 120 61 100
ENULOSE 145 35 61 298
VESICARE 144 24 63 172
MIRTAZAPINE 143 116 64 63
GENERLAC 134 18 65 284
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 97 66 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 112 67 24
ABILIFY 131 44 68 134
LEVETIRACETAM 128 77 69 90
KLOR-CON 10 126 54 70 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 126 101 70 98
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 125 110 72 31
IBUPROFEN 122 28 73 62
KETOCONAZOLE 122 39 73 195
HALOPERIDOL 121 52 75 154
ROPINIROLE HCL 121 97 75 113
GLYCOPYRROLATE 119 31 77 338
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 116 52 78 158
CLONIDINE HCL 113 78 79 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 90 80 17
LOVASTATIN 110 98 81 34
GLIPIZIDE ER 109 64 82 73
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 108 47 83 109
HYDROXYZINE HCL 107 62 R 84 194
FINASTERIDE 107 88 84 97
MECLIZINE HCL 104 72 86 120
BUSPIRONE HCL 104 50 86 173
PAROXETINE HCL 104 79 86 71
GLIPIZIDE XL 103 51 89 140
AZITHROMYCIN 101 75 90 45
ALLOPURINOL 100 73 91 33
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 100 95 91 104
ATENOLOL 99 73 93 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 97 95 94 58
TERAZOSIN HCL 96 39 95 137
NOVOLOG 93 75 96 103
CARBAMAZEPINE 91 11 97 146
LEVOFLOXACIN 91 68 97 77
OXCARBAZEPINE 90 41 99 192
DIOVAN 89 59 100 29
HUMALOG 88 72 101 141
JANUVIA 87 57 102 60
METOLAZONE 87 80 102 152
PREDNISONE 85 55 104 42
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 39 105 128
PROAIR HFA 79 28 106 50
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 78 30 107 457
COMBIVENT 77 73 108 145
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 59 109 92
RISPERDAL CONSTA 76 36 109 300
HYDROCORTISONE 75 34 111 221
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 74 32 112 355
BUPROPION HCL SR 72 47 113 246
ACTOS 72 50 113 105
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 0 115 125
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 55 115 116
FELODIPINE ER 70 23 117 108
VENTOLIN HFA 70 36 117 101
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 36 119 151
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67 60 120 132
NYSTOP 66 26 121 242
AMIODARONE HCL 65 65 122 156
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 52 122 136
KLOR-CON M10 64 52 124 139
FENTANYL 63 45 S2 125 78
CLOZAPINE ODT 61 15 10 126 481
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 61 51 126 354
TORSEMIDE 61 61 126 133
SINGULAIR 60 17 129 94
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 60 129 39
SEROQUEL 60 30 129 186
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 58 0 132 197
NYSTATIN 57 34 133 196
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 56 17 134 295
DICYCLOMINE HCL 55 24 135 215
FLOVENT HFA 53 27 136 191
TRICOR 53 34 136 122
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 53 136 93
BUPROPION XL 52 42 139 256
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 52 52 139 439
EXELON 52 52 139 118
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 33 139 127
BACLOFEN 52 37 139 142
NOVOLIN R 52 0 139 175
SUCRALFATE 51 12 145 193
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 July 13, 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.