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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,496Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 109 out of 2588

$798K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 157 out of 2588

836 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

11% of this provider’s 836 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 15,037 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 832 804 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 792 704 2 1
LISINOPRIL 723 608 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 702 628 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 477 441 5 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 471 463 6 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 466 401 S3 7 7
FUROSEMIDE 393 389 8 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 381 322 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 352 336 10 6
ATENOLOL 342 338 11 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 331 317 12 11
METFORMIN HCL 329 306 13 8
LOVASTATIN 324 304 14 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 320 305 15 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 291 287 16 12
AZITHROMYCIN 201 186 17 45
GABAPENTIN 201 163 17 18
ALLOPURINOL 200 196 19 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 182 171 20 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 160 156 21 84
DIGOXIN 156 153 22 38
CARVEDILOL 153 147 23 20
DIOVAN 134 134 24 29
FINASTERIDE 132 132 25 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 130 130 26 49
SERTRALINE HCL 127 125 27 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 127 115 27 46
GLIPIZIDE ER 123 107 29 73
CEPHALEXIN 120 117 30 138
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 114 31 23
CLOPIDOGREL 118 104 32 30
PREDNISONE 113 104 33 42
INDAPAMIDE 106 106 34 189
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 105 104 35 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 98 36 39
SPIRIVA 99 99 37 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 96 38 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 82 39 22
CLONIDINE HCL 91 85 40 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 90 82 41 59
TERAZOSIN HCL 87 87 42 137
RAMIPRIL 87 87 42 111
VERAPAMIL ER 86 68 44 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 84 45 21
PLAVIX 81 74 46 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 70 46 40
FELODIPINE ER 81 81 46 108
FAMOTIDINE 80 77 49 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 79 50 58
PAROXETINE HCL 77 74 51 71
KLOR-CON 10 76 76 52 75
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 74 74 53 226
KLOR-CON M10 74 74 53 139
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 66 55 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 71 56 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 60 57 82
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 68 58 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 57 59 24
RANITIDINE HCL 68 57 59 37
CRESTOR 67 63 61 25
GLIPIZIDE 66 66 62 44
MELOXICAM 65 65 63 51
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 48 64 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 60 60 65 67
TRAMADOL HCL 59 47 66 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 67 98
PROAIR HFA 58 49 67 50
KLOR-CON M20 57 54 69 52
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 52 70 96
NEXIUM 55 47 70 41
MECLIZINE HCL 52 44 72 120
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 July 8, 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.