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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,804Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 214 out of 2588

$550K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 389 out of 2588

377 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

6% of this provider’s 377 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 377 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 11,335 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
LISINOPRIL 503 416 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 477 435 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 405 371 3 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 386 349 4 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 362 330 5 15
LOVASTATIN 356 317 6 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 346 319 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 345 326 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 303 269 9 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 296 226 S3 10 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 284 275 11 4
SIMVASTATIN 239 195 12 1
METFORMIN HCL ER 231 166 13 67
ATENOLOL 224 184 14 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 186 15 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 218 182 15 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 189 17 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 201 198 18 58
RANITIDINE HCL 181 153 19 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 178 148 20 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 174 171 21 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 163 160 22 22
ALLOPURINOL 163 148 22 33
CRESTOR 162 157 24 25
NAMENDA 158 156 25 32
PREDNISONE 148 142 26 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 142 125 27 39
TRAMADOL HCL 141 130 28 19
NIFEDIPINE ER 138 128 29 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 122 30 66
CLOPIDOGREL 115 112 31 30
GLIPIZIDE 114 110 32 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 93 33 11
FINASTERIDE 111 109 33 97
FENTANYL 105 90 S2 35 78
PLAVIX 103 97 36 43
GABAPENTIN 94 73 37 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 80 38 40
PAROXETINE HCL 90 63 39 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 77 40 46
DIOVAN 86 75 41 29
CARVEDILOL 85 67 42 20
PROAIR HFA 84 66 43 50
METFORMIN HCL 83 81 44 8
SERTRALINE HCL 81 58 45 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 78 46 21
AZITHROMYCIN 75 63 47 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 68 47 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 69 49 28
NIFEDICAL XL 74 73 49 179
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 55 51 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 56 52 53
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 53 63
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 54 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 54 55 81
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 55 56 55
LANTUS 54 39 57 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 53 58 48
CLONIDINE HCL 51 43 59 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 59 83
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. 15, 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.