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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,307Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 2588

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 2588

749 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

3% of this provider’s 749 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 749 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 19,964 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 954 740 S3 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 908 785 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 893 797 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 726 622 4 8
LISINOPRIL 601 497 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 601 536 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 577 514 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 488 403 8 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 483 369 9 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 409 358 10 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 403 384 11 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 383 355 12 9
GABAPENTIN 377 327 13 18
CARVEDILOL 376 312 14 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 353 323 15 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 351 345 16 35
CRESTOR 301 236 17 25
FENOFIBRATE 286 194 18 64
TRAMADOL HCL 281 244 19 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 280 256 20 21
DIGOXIN 273 263 21 38
CLOPIDOGREL 265 219 22 30
NEXIUM 254 237 23 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 243 214 24 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 241 241 25 22
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 199 26 171
DIOVAN 235 213 27 29
NAMENDA 230 230 28 32
CLONIDINE HCL 228 205 29 54
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 216 196 30 28
LOVASTATIN 213 207 31 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210 151 32 12
PLAVIX 209 174 33 43
ATENOLOL 207 190 34 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 205 178 35 17
RANITIDINE HCL 201 169 36 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 201 152 36 39
SOTALOL 196 183 38 297
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 193 161 39 226
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 159 40 13
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 168 143 R 41 87
AZITHROMYCIN 165 133 42 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 144 43 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 158 131 44 46
KLOR-CON 10 150 142 45 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 142 132 46 68
GLIPIZIDE 141 119 47 44
ZETIA 137 100 48 69
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 119 49 49
ALLOPURINOL 132 127 50 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 124 113 51 58
PROAIR HFA 121 103 52 50
DILTIAZEM HCL 121 109 52 228
PREDNISONE 119 109 54 42
BENICAR 115 108 55 143
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 89 55 48
JANUVIA 113 90 57 60
LANTUS 112 74 58 47
SERTRALINE HCL 112 95 58 26
TRICOR 109 80 60 122
INSULIN SYRINGE 108 80 61 81
DIOVAN HCT 107 87 62 72
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 106 96 63 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 105 98 64 76
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 89 65 66
ROPINIROLE HCL 95 64 66 113
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 72 67 82
NIFEDICAL XL 88 87 68 179
LIPITOR 87 65 69 114
CYMBALTA 86 44 70 70
CEPHALEXIN 86 70 70 138
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 81 72 84
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 75 R 72 91
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 77 74 55
METOLAZONE 79 78 75 152
TRAZODONE HCL 75 62 76 61
SUCRALFATE 74 64 77 193
MELOXICAM 74 66 77 51
SINGULAIR 73 66 79 94
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 73 79 128
PAROXETINE HCL 69 37 81 71
GLYBURIDE 68 64 R 82 65
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 65 44 S3 83 80
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 60 83 166
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 85 102
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 61 R 85 169
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 61 87 98
PRADAXA 61 61 87 207
EXELON 57 57 89 118
NITROSTAT 52 41 90 181
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 43 91 155
MIRTAZAPINE 50 43 91 63
MECLIZINE HCL 50 47 91 120
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 Nov. 15, 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.