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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,000Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 2588

$748K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 192 out of 2588

436 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

3% of this provider’s 436 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 436 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 16,636 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 680 656 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 643 598 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 529 453 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 494 489 4 6
LISINOPRIL 464 415 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 455 420 6 2
ATENOLOL 444 399 7 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 417 385 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 404 381 9 9
TRAMADOL HCL 403 371 10 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 356 322 11 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 355 318 12 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 323 274 S3 13 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 307 296 14 10
LOVASTATIN 286 254 15 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 272 262 16 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 268 253 17 27
RANITIDINE HCL 224 181 18 37
CLOPIDOGREL 211 198 19 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 172 20 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 196 162 21 24
SERTRALINE HCL 195 165 22 26
AZITHROMYCIN 185 177 23 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 165 165 24 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 165 162 24 28
NAMENDA 158 158 26 32
ALLOPURINOL 158 155 26 33
GABAPENTIN 158 146 26 18
NEXIUM 157 132 29 41
DIGOXIN 153 153 30 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 141 30 11
PLAVIX 153 147 30 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 152 33 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 145 34 35
MELOXICAM 142 140 35 51
CEPHALEXIN 133 119 36 138
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 131 37 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 126 38 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 114 39 82
LEVOFLOXACIN 119 110 39 77
CARVEDILOL 113 104 41 20
GLIPIZIDE XL 113 103 41 140
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 85 43 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 105 105 44 55
GLIPIZIDE 102 86 45 44
ONGLYZA 99 75 46 248
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 99 46 53
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 97 48 84
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 95 95 49 98
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 94 94 50 198
PROAIR HFA 93 91 51 50
KLOR-CON M20 90 90 52 52
GLYBURIDE 90 81 R 52 65
CELEBREX 84 74 54 99
MIRTAZAPINE 84 83 54 63
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 82 56 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 80 57 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 80 57 85
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 79 79 59 124
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 71 60 46
SPIRIVA 76 53 61 56
PREDNISONE 76 76 61 42
FENTANYL 75 75 S2 63 78
KLOR-CON 8 74 71 64 260
CYMBALTA 73 73 65 70
ZETIA 72 72 66 69
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 59 67 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 66 68 40
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 65 69 109
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 67 69 127
LANTUS 68 60 71 47
PAROXETINE HCL 67 36 72 71
MECLIZINE HCL 64 62 73 120
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 64 73 31
TRAZODONE HCL 63 63 75 61
CLONIDINE HCL 59 59 76 54
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 58 55 77 158
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 78 171
DIOVAN 54 45 79 29
FINASTERIDE 54 54 79 97
SINGULAIR 54 50 79 94
FENOFIBRATE 53 53 82 64
VENTOLIN HFA 53 41 82 101
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 53 R 82 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 52 85 76
CRESTOR 52 38 85 25
SYNTHROID 50 50 87 88
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.