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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,972Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 2588

$786K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 166 out of 2588

502 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 502 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 18,337 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

$39 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 937 863 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 767 717 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 751 703 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 676 622 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 657 606 5 6
LISINOPRIL 642 581 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 622 606 7 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 580 521 8 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 472 471 9 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 463 441 10 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 458 410 11 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 416 396 12 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 382 361 13 17
METFORMIN HCL 381 342 14 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 370 346 S3 15 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 292 285 16 11
SPIRONOLACTONE 284 275 17 58
GLIPIZIDE 278 249 18 44
CARVEDILOL 262 238 19 20
DIGOXIN 260 260 20 38
HUMULIN 70-30 241 237 21 230
ATENOLOL 229 223 22 14
SERTRALINE HCL 218 210 23 26
TRAZODONE HCL 213 191 24 61
GABAPENTIN 193 182 25 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 173 150 26 27
RANITIDINE HCL 170 147 27 37
DIOVAN 168 168 28 29
TRAMADOL HCL 166 138 29 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 165 165 30 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 162 136 R 31 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 158 158 32 49
CRESTOR 153 135 33 25
ALLOPURINOL 145 141 34 33
INSULIN SYRINGE 140 136 35 81
CHLORTHALIDONE 135 130 36 199
CLONIDINE HCL 132 129 37 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 130 118 38 85
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 130 130 38 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 129 120 40 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 125 122 41 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 66 42 55
FELODIPINE ER 119 119 43 108
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 109 44 23
CLOPIDOGREL 114 104 44 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 110 99 46 92
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 84 47 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 105 95 47 77
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 84 49 84
MIRTAZAPINE 98 84 50 63
NIFEDIPINE ER 89 87 51 59
PLAVIX 80 72 52 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 80 68 52 113
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 73 54 82
ZETIA 75 66 55 69
KLOR-CON 10 75 57 55 75
LOVASTATIN 74 48 57 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 73 58 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 66 59 35
CYMBALTA 71 63 59 70
FENTANYL 70 70 S2 61 78
PREDNISONE 70 65 61 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 68 63 48
RAMIPRIL 69 65 63 111
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 67 67 65 116
DOXEPIN HCL 65 65 66 281
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 64 67 132
KLOR-CON M20 63 62 68 52
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 62 69 31
LANTUS 61 48 70 47
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 59 71 73
AZITHROMYCIN 60 56 71 45
FENOFIBRATE 55 35 73 64
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55 22 S2 73 204
NEXIUM 52 41 75 41
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 Aug. 10, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.