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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,899Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 682

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 85 out of 682

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

48% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,983 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Kentucky
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,424 1,236 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 721 456 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 717 529 3 7
LISINOPRIL 691 404 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 635 359 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 570 285 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 538 327 7 10
TRAZODONE HCL 501 238 8 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 475 205 9 17
METFORMIN HCL 459 212 10 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 358 238 11 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 337 192 12 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 330 219 13 12
NEXIUM 283 116 14 19
GABAPENTIN 273 101 15 9
RANITIDINE HCL 267 137 16 28
ATENOLOL 264 144 17 18
TRAMADOL HCL 260 187 18 26
BUSPIRONE HCL 238 121 19 102
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 223 40 20 84
RISPERIDONE 217 91 21 82
MELOXICAM 217 109 21 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 132 23 11
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 211 53 R 24 197
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 208 172 25 44
CARVEDILOL 185 150 26 23
MECLIZINE HCL 180 125 27 124
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 172 96 28 137
SERTRALINE HCL 169 51 29 24
CLOPIDOGREL 167 117 30 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 163 89 31 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 161 125 32 15
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 158 93 33 111
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 51 34 147
CRESTOR 154 44 35 22
PLAVIX 152 105 36 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 152 96 36 74
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 44 38 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 145 55 R 39 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 145 108 39 64
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 129 41 13
PROAIR HFA 135 68 42 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 64 42 29
DIOVAN 129 90 44 42
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 128 45 R 45 172
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 85 46 20
GEMFIBROZIL 126 26 46 122
COMBIVENT 124 70 48 105
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 46 49 16
PROMETHAZINE HCL 122 65 R 50 54
CLONIDINE HCL 119 40 51 48
SINGULAIR 119 67 51 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 72 53 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 92 54 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 80 55 73
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 105 69 55 91
IBUPROFEN 105 49 55 79
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101 82 58 103
MIRTAZAPINE 101 45 58 52
FAMOTIDINE 100 70 60 99
CEPHALEXIN 95 46 61 128
LYRICA 94 55 62 78
HALOPERIDOL 92 11 63 238
LITHIUM CARBONATE 91 13 64 305
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 91 46 64 153
GLIPIZIDE 91 41 64 61
LIDODERM 91 71 64 134
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 89 74 68 176
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 20 68 87
TRICOR 89 29 68 94
LACTULOSE 87 80 71 100
VENTOLIN HFA 87 37 71 101
SPIRIVA 85 51 73 49
LANTUS 85 58 73 55
VERAPAMIL ER 85 58 73 116
TIZANIDINE HCL 85 41 73 83
OLANZAPINE 85 45 73 168
SYNTHROID 83 45 78 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 40 79 33
ALLOPURINOL 81 28 79 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 55 79 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 50 82 37
LIPITOR 76 68 83 92
NYSTATIN 74 69 84 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 40 85 123
NITROSTAT 73 44 85 161
GLYBURIDE 72 37 R 87 72
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 31 87 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 51 87 47
PREDNISONE 71 51 90 40
PAROXETINE HCL 70 42 91 53
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 62 92 96
CLOZAPINE 68 0 93 292
LANSOPRAZOLE 68 43 93 85
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 53 95 140
SULINDAC 66 31 96 264
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 62 96 43
LOVAZA 65 43 98 106
NAMENDA 65 59 98 41
NASONEX 64 22 100 199
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 56 R 100 165
NIZATIDINE 63 35 102 432
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 40 102 112
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 44 S3 104 126
ALPRAZOLAM 55 40 105 90
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 55 R 105 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 24 105 60
HUMULIN 70-30 55 42 105 229
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 22 109 36
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 49 110 89
RAMIPRIL 50 44 111 81
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 April 27, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.