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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,066Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 2588

$1.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 2588

693 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

5% of this provider’s 693 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 693 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 17,506 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 788 695 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 647 390 S3 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 593 496 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 590 513 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 579 493 5 1
CRESTOR 481 421 6 25
METFORMIN HCL 462 340 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 425 391 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 373 323 9 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 367 338 10 10
LISINOPRIL 343 309 11 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 334 284 12 12
ATENOLOL 330 296 13 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 329 274 14 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 298 277 15 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 295 242 16 11
DIGOXIN 295 256 16 38
LOVASTATIN 270 207 18 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 270 242 18 15
TRAMADOL HCL 250 196 20 19
CARVEDILOL 223 206 21 20
CLOPIDOGREL 222 200 22 30
ZETIA 218 183 23 69
DIOVAN 211 192 24 29
PLAVIX 200 184 25 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 164 26 13
MELOXICAM 187 164 27 51
ALLOPURINOL 174 151 28 33
LANTUS 167 137 29 47
GABAPENTIN 162 120 30 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 155 119 31 58
DIOVAN HCT 151 116 32 72
PRADAXA 150 138 33 207
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 139 34 24
AGGRENOX 142 128 35 214
NOVOLOG 138 90 36 103
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 137 129 37 149
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 123 38 23
NAMENDA 129 129 39 32
BENAZEPRIL HCL 128 123 40 84
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 114 41 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 125 98 41 113
PREDNISONE 121 110 43 42
INSULIN SYRINGE 116 85 44 81
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 114 112 45 98
NEXIUM 112 67 46 41
VERAPAMIL ER 112 101 46 102
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 101 48 49
CYMBALTA 111 83 48 70
GLIMEPIRIDE 110 109 50 39
SPIRIVA 108 92 51 56
RAMIPRIL 107 107 52 111
SYMBICORT 106 55 53 129
NIASPAN 105 85 54 115
SERTRALINE HCL 105 94 54 26
LYRICA 104 58 56 100
MIRTAZAPINE 101 85 57 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 71 58 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 87 58 35
LOVAZA 97 61 58 119
FAMOTIDINE 96 70 61 36
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 96 96 S3 61 80
FINASTERIDE 94 94 63 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 62 64 76
BENICAR 92 80 64 143
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 90 70 66 220
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 68 67 55
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 86 86 68 116
CELEBREX 86 72 68 99
CILOSTAZOL 84 65 70 236
IRBESARTAN 84 83 70 307
KLOR-CON M20 81 69 72 52
PAROXETINE HCL 81 74 72 71
ESTRADIOL 80 55 R 74 344
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 73 75 66
EXFORGE 78 65 75 209
EXELON 76 76 77 118
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 78 83
NABUMETONE 74 45 79 147
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 59 R 79 91
CLONIDINE HCL 71 49 81 54
TEKTURNA 70 70 82 283
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 63 83 21
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 57 84 77
FENTANYL 67 52 S2 85 78
ONGLYZA 64 54 86 248
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 44 86 28
GLIPIZIDE 63 63 88 44
MICARDIS 63 40 88 274
VYTORIN 59 58 90 200
PEN NEEDLE 58 36 91 112
RANITIDINE HCL 58 41 91 37
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 58 91 59
ABILIFY 57 30 94 134
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 43 95 40
FENOFIBRATE 55 32 96 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 37 96 125
LIPITOR 54 45 98 114
DIPYRIDAMOLE 53 53 R 99 403
ACTOS 52 41 100 105
HUMALOG 50 20 101 141
EVISTA 50 50 101 178
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.