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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,125Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 116 out of 2588

$942K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 2588

518 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%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

4% of this provider’s 518 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 518 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 12,673 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 763 673 1 2
LISINOPRIL 654 520 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 562 473 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 471 352 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 453 324 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 427 253 S3 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 365 346 7 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 335 290 8 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 298 298 9 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 273 230 10 10
CARVEDILOL 271 229 11 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 255 216 12 11
NAMENDA 245 245 13 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 244 240 14 28
FAMOTIDINE 243 192 15 36
METFORMIN HCL 238 127 16 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 219 187 17 83
GABAPENTIN 194 146 18 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 181 176 19 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 181 152 19 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 164 140 21 9
CRESTOR 163 133 22 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 143 23 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 129 24 35
GLIPIZIDE 151 112 25 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 148 122 26 58
TRAMADOL HCL 147 128 27 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 120 28 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 134 29 16
LOVASTATIN 129 100 30 34
ALLOPURINOL 123 104 31 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 104 32 21
JANUVIA 111 74 33 60
CYMBALTA 109 81 34 70
PREDNISONE 106 93 35 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 80 36 12
KLOR-CON 10 104 97 37 75
DIGOXIN 104 104 37 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 75 37 40
CLOPIDOGREL 104 97 37 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 87 37 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 104 76 37 48
SPIRIVA 103 84 43 56
TRAZODONE HCL 103 55 43 61
KLOR-CON M20 101 98 45 52
PROAIR HFA 96 50 46 50
AZITHROMYCIN 95 71 47 45
LANTUS 90 58 48 47
MIRTAZAPINE 88 78 49 63
FINASTERIDE 87 75 50 97
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 76 50 24
SERTRALINE HCL 85 74 52 26
ASACOL 85 85 52 409
EXELON 83 83 54 118
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 79 55 89
RANITIDINE HCL 77 36 56 37
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 66 57 106
PLAVIX 70 70 58 43
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 68 58 109
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 34 60 93
CHLORTHALIDONE 64 63 61 199
PEN NEEDLE 64 47 61 112
GEMFIBROZIL 62 54 63 123
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 28 63 173
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61 18 S3 65 80
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 52 65 68
PAROXETINE HCL 60 25 67 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 59 67 55
LYRICA 57 0 69 100
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 24 70 81
NEXIUM 53 29 71 41
DICYCLOMINE HCL 53 53 71 215
CLONIDINE HCL 52 52 73 54
SINGULAIR 52 26 73 94
BYSTOLIC 51 50 75 110
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 49 75 66
ATENOLOL 51 46 75 14
GLYBURIDE 51 39 R 75 65
DIOVAN 51 29 75 29
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 Jan. 23, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.