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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,553Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 2588

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 2588

543 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 543 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 21,788 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
METFORMIN HCL 744 666 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 681 616 2 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 681 648 2 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 620 602 4 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 570 531 5 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 551 525 6 2
NEXIUM 532 506 7 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 509 490 8 4
OMEPRAZOLE 506 483 9 6
LIDODERM 479 462 10 86
FUROSEMIDE 410 397 11 5
LISINOPRIL 407 362 12 3
DIOVAN 395 380 13 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 391 369 14 11
DIOVAN HCT 357 318 15 72
CRESTOR 354 350 16 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 333 324 17 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 327 291 S3 18 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 324 289 19 21
ATENOLOL 311 285 20 14
TRAMADOL HCL 308 302 21 19
IBUPROFEN 292 252 22 62
JANUVIA 291 248 23 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 255 242 24 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 255 253 24 55
RANITIDINE HCL 250 231 26 37
PLAVIX 246 229 27 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 246 219 27 31
GLYBURIDE 241 228 R 29 65
ZETIA 240 227 30 69
CLOPIDOGREL 231 221 31 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 231 192 31 39
NIFEDIPINE ER 225 221 33 59
MECLIZINE HCL 207 202 34 120
VOLTAREN 207 186 34 161
CARVEDILOL 199 198 36 20
DIGOXIN 174 174 37 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 166 166 38 49
LOVAZA 145 138 39 119
ACTOS 143 140 40 105
CREON 143 124 40 216
GLIPIZIDE 142 139 42 44
NITROSTAT 142 119 42 181
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 141 130 44 68
LIPITOR 138 128 45 114
CILOSTAZOL 138 125 45 236
TERAZOSIN HCL 136 134 47 137
CELEBREX 134 129 48 99
ZENPEP 133 118 49 250
BENICAR HCT 133 121 49 187
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 125 51 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 127 52 22
LANSOPRAZOLE 122 121 53 157
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 121 120 54 124
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 102 54 17
ALLOPURINOL 118 100 56 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 117 57 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 91 57 13
DILTIAZEM ER 112 110 59 150
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 88 60 35
BYSTOLIC 110 110 61 110
AZITHROMYCIN 108 92 62 45
KETOCONAZOLE 107 95 63 195
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 101 64 40
SERTRALINE HCL 102 99 65 26
PROCTOZONE-HC 100 96 66 264
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 96 88 67 258
LYRICA 94 87 68 100
FAMOTIDINE 93 78 69 36
FELODIPINE ER 90 77 70 108
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 89 78 71 76
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 88 69 S3 72 80
NAMENDA 87 87 73 32
DICYCLOMINE HCL 86 85 74 215
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 80 75 53
CLONIDINE HCL 82 80 76 54
SYNTHROID 81 70 77 88
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 78 78 78 149
LIDOCAINE 74 66 79 292
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 30 80 48
NAPROXEN 69 65 81 95
DILT-XR 68 64 82 470
HYDROCORTISONE 66 64 83 221
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 64 63 R 84 241
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 64 59 84 155
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 64 84 266
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 57 87 58
BENICAR 63 56 87 143
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 63 87 128
MICARDIS HCT 62 62 90 331
PROAIR HFA 61 40 91 50
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 46 R 92 194
LUNESTA 58 55 93 392
GABAPENTIN 58 58 93 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 44 95 28
FINASTERIDE 56 43 95 97
CHLORTHALIDONE 56 51 95 199
CLONIDINE 56 56 95 369
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 56 95 46
METFORMIN HCL ER 55 26 100 67
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 48 101 93
PANCRELIPASE 5,000 51 47 10 101 411
VESICARE 51 51 101 172
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 51 51 101 197
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 50 33 105 212
LEVOTHROID 50 28 105 314
ONGLYZA 50 35 105 248
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. 20, 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.