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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,547Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 150 out of 2588

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 2588

768 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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
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this specialty
in Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 768 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 768 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 13,089 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% 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

19 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 584 535 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 401 382 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 375 341 3 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 373 343 4 10
OMEPRAZOLE 370 347 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 363 316 6 9
LISINOPRIL 359 313 7 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 307 233 S3 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 284 256 9 4
NAMENDA 269 269 10 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 269 257 10 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 253 235 12 11
METFORMIN HCL 237 211 13 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 201 14 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 178 161 15 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 166 16 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 142 17 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 162 18 15
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 149 130 19 124
GABAPENTIN 141 127 20 18
CRESTOR 141 129 20 25
TRAMADOL HCL 138 127 22 19
CYMBALTA 131 105 23 70
MELOXICAM 123 102 24 51
CLOPIDOGREL 117 111 25 30
KLOR-CON M20 115 109 26 52
BYSTOLIC 112 112 27 110
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 103 27 68
CARVEDILOL 109 91 29 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 108 97 30 16
FENTANYL 107 106 S2 31 78
DIGOXIN 106 96 32 38
PLAVIX 105 99 33 43
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 100 34 83
PAROXETINE HCL 95 95 35 71
GLYBURIDE 95 93 R 35 65
FAMOTIDINE 94 83 37 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 79 38 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 63 39 74
GLIPIZIDE 84 83 40 44
ATENOLOL 83 83 41 14
SERTRALINE HCL 80 64 42 26
DIOVAN 80 75 42 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 80 42 76
LEVOFLOXACIN 80 70 42 77
SPIRIVA 77 67 46 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 63 46 23
PREDNISONE 76 69 48 42
PRADAXA 75 75 49 207
CITALOPRAM HBR 75 59 49 27
LYRICA 75 70 49 100
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 67 R 49 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 64 53 35
CELEBREX 73 73 54 99
SUCRALFATE 71 61 55 193
JANUVIA 70 63 56 60
DIOVAN HCT 68 62 57 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 63 58 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 55 59 48
ZETIA 65 65 60 69
RAMIPRIL 59 44 61 111
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 53 61 31
VERAPAMIL ER 57 57 63 102
SINGULAIR 57 57 63 94
SYNTHROID 56 50 65 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 53 66 49
NEXIUM 55 47 66 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 35 R 68 87
PROMETHAZINE VC 53 33 R 69 513
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 47 70 82
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 45 71 39
PROAIR HFA 50 35 72 50
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. 9, 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.