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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,358Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 131 out of 2588

$786K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 165 out of 2588

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 445 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 8,638 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 959 398 S3 1 7
LISINOPRIL 626 401 2 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 507 285 3 13
FUROSEMIDE 433 267 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 413 314 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 409 206 6 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 370 217 7 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 364 237 8 12
SIMVASTATIN 360 248 9 1
OMEPRAZOLE 331 158 10 6
RANITIDINE HCL 301 145 11 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 289 203 12 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 180 13 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 116 14 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 221 153 15 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196 101 16 16
GABAPENTIN 183 104 17 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 180 109 18 10
NEXIUM 180 111 18 41
TRAMADOL HCL 169 88 20 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 167 48 R 21 91
ATENOLOL 160 106 22 14
CLOPIDOGREL 157 112 23 30
CARVEDILOL 156 97 24 20
ALLOPURINOL 154 118 25 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 140 26 22
LANTUS 136 25 27 47
PROAIR HFA 135 48 28 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 68 29 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 77 30 68
SERTRALINE HCL 119 83 31 26
BUSPIRONE HCL 107 51 32 173
SPIRIVA 106 61 33 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 48 34 48
CYMBALTA 104 22 35 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 45 36 24
BENICAR 103 67 36 143
PLAVIX 99 69 38 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 82 38 28
INSULIN SYRINGE 94 28 40 81
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 67 41 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 61 42 17
CARISOPRODOL 86 0 R 43 233
ZETIA 85 44 44 69
GLYBURIDE 83 59 R 45 65
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 40 46 113
TRAZODONE HCL 79 27 47 61
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 18 48 125
TRICOR 75 31 48 122
NIASPAN 73 56 50 115
KLOR-CON M20 71 13 51 52
PREDNISONE 69 33 52 42
NAMENDA 69 62 52 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 42 54 23
FAMOTIDINE 66 47 54 36
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 31 S2 54 204
SINGULAIR 66 28 54 94
VERAPAMIL ER 65 53 58 102
LYRICA 60 17 59 100
CLONIDINE HCL 60 33 59 54
PAROXETINE HCL 59 35 61 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 0 61 92
LOVASTATIN 59 45 61 34
CRESTOR 58 20 64 25
FELODIPINE ER 57 46 65 108
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 38 66 49
LEXAPRO 54 35 67 182
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 25 67 58
DICYCLOMINE HCL 53 14 69 215
FENOFIBRATE 53 44 69 64
FLOVENT HFA 52 15 71 191
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 36 71 246
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 21 73 40
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 Oct. 6, 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.