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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,748Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 217 out of 2588

$849K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 2588

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

5% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 320 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 11,176 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 619 530 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 508 479 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 439 419 3 10
OMEPRAZOLE 324 276 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 304 274 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 298 278 6 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 275 246 7 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 241 8 9
NAMENDA 244 231 9 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 227 185 10 15
LISINOPRIL 227 192 10 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 187 12 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 205 205 13 22
GABAPENTIN 198 196 14 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 189 133 15 74
CITALOPRAM HBR 188 174 16 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 132 S3 17 7
GLIPIZIDE 169 162 18 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 129 19 13
SERTRALINE HCL 137 120 20 26
EXELON 134 122 21 118
METFORMIN HCL 131 128 22 8
TRAZODONE HCL 130 130 23 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 105 24 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 107 25 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 102 26 23
KLOR-CON M20 113 102 27 52
RISPERIDONE 110 96 28 57
CARVEDILOL 99 88 29 20
MIRTAZAPINE 98 89 30 63
LANTUS 95 64 31 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 93 31 24
CLOPIDOGREL 93 79 33 30
DIOVAN 88 76 34 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 83 35 17
HUMALOG 82 68 36 141
HEPARIN SODIUM 82 79 36 79
FINASTERIDE 80 62 38 97
PREDNISONE 79 79 39 42
DIGOXIN 76 76 40 38
SEROQUEL 74 51 41 186
PLAVIX 73 65 42 43
FAMOTIDINE 72 66 43 36
LACTULOSE 70 70 44 135
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 69 45 58
COUMADIN 68 68 46 165
VALPROIC ACID 67 59 47 174
AMIODARONE HCL 66 61 48 156
CYMBALTA 66 51 48 70
TORSEMIDE 65 57 50 133
LIDODERM 64 62 51 86
FENOFIBRATE 64 30 51 64
CUBICIN 64 58 51 433
LAMOTRIGINE 63 44 54 170
ATENOLOL 60 60 55 14
OLANZAPINE 59 58 56 126
JANUVIA 56 33 57 60
AZITHROMYCIN 56 50 57 45
TRAMADOL HCL 55 55 59 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 44 60 48
SUCRALFATE 54 49 60 193
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 54 60 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 40 63 53
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 51 41 64 226
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 Sept. 14, 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.