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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,960Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 682

$1.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 682

1,341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 1,341 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 27,084 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 1,827 1,170 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,335 1,095 2 4
LISINOPRIL 1,314 1,099 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,219 1,063 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 997 774 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 909 824 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 873 729 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 746 581 8 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 738 527 9 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 569 471 10 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 560 497 11 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 552 474 12 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 412 356 13 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 411 366 14 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 405 351 15 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 395 346 16 20
SERTRALINE HCL 385 308 17 24
GABAPENTIN 383 296 18 9
MELOXICAM 380 351 19 27
CRESTOR 347 264 20 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 313 264 21 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 307 237 22 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 295 290 23 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 226 24 12
NEXIUM 269 220 25 19
CLOPIDOGREL 268 212 26 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 246 179 27 29
CELEBREX 243 209 28 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 236 189 29 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 230 196 30 31
RAMIPRIL 225 200 31 81
LEVOFLOXACIN 198 154 32 70
ATENOLOL 198 169 32 18
CARVEDILOL 194 146 34 23
DIGOXIN 190 189 35 46
PLAVIX 190 143 35 35
KLOR-CON M20 190 187 35 67
SYNTHROID 189 167 38 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 166 39 34
RANITIDINE HCL 179 131 40 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 178 94 R 41 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 177 177 42 30
ESTRADIOL 175 124 R 43 152
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 162 129 44 110
ALLOPURINOL 162 135 44 32
JANUVIA 160 85 46 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 158 129 47 44
PREDNISONE 155 138 48 40
NAMENDA 155 155 48 41
PREMARIN 153 113 R 50 132
FENOFIBRATE 151 104 51 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 150 123 52 58
SUCRALFATE 149 125 53 160
SPIRIVA 149 102 53 49
ALPRAZOLAM 148 113 55 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 146 111 56 73
LANTUS 143 107 57 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 125 58 33
INSULIN SYRINGE 139 113 59 75
LYRICA 137 72 60 78
CYMBALTA 136 83 61 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 125 62 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 130 103 R 63 50
ZETIA 130 99 63 69
BYSTOLIC 128 111 65 118
PAROXETINE HCL 128 103 65 53
AZITHROMYCIN 125 102 67 39
BUSPIRONE HCL 121 80 68 102
IRBESARTAN 118 111 69 234
ROPINIROLE HCL 116 78 70 71
LOVASTATIN 116 101 70 66
PEN NEEDLE 116 102 70 159
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 115 80 73 36
DIOVAN 115 100 73 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 113 66 75 60
TRAMADOL HCL 110 86 76 26
LIPITOR 109 88 77 92
GLIPIZIDE ER 107 95 78 108
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 107 78 147
CARISOPRODOL 106 56 R 80 146
TRAZODONE HCL 106 59 80 38
CEFDINIR 105 91 82 157
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 105 105 82 91
FELODIPINE ER 98 72 84 191
SINGULAIR 93 53 85 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 88 86 114
BUMETANIDE 91 76 87 115
NAPROXEN 91 63 87 97
MECLIZINE HCL 90 73 89 124
VYTORIN 88 78 90 145
GLIPIZIDE 88 47 90 61
LANSOPRAZOLE 87 82 92 85
VERAPAMIL ER 86 28 93 116
CLONIDINE HCL 85 70 94 48
BENICAR 85 70 94 202
PROMETHAZINE HCL 84 51 R 96 54
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 54 S2 96 98
MIRTAZAPINE 82 67 98 52
DETROL LA 81 79 99 226
TRICOR 76 54 100 94
PROAIR HFA 76 38 100 45
FINASTERIDE 76 72 100 131
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 73 100 64
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 75 62 104 127
DEXILANT 73 66 105 201
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 71 48 106 107
COLESTIPOL HCL 71 71 106 339
CEPHALEXIN 70 55 108 128
QUINAPRIL HCL 69 63 109 138
DOXEPIN HCL 69 69 109 205
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 36 109 47
NOVOLOG 68 36 112 129
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 44 S2 113 120
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 66 114 77
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 65 51 R 115 177
COMBIVENT 65 22 115 105
DICYCLOMINE HCL 65 51 115 214
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 51 118 68
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 54 119 141
CILOSTAZOL 62 48 119 183
LOVAZA 62 38 119 106
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 62 57 S3 119 126
DIOVAN HCT 61 44 123 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 60 124 123
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 59 42 125 278
GLYBURIDE 59 36 R 125 72
FAMOTIDINE 59 59 125 99
AVAPRO 58 54 128 359
SOTALOL 58 55 128 218
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 13 130 140
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 55 R 130 165
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 32 130 112
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 54 130 137
FLUCONAZOLE 56 43 134 154
BENICAR HCT 54 51 135 259
LEXAPRO 54 48 135 222
MICARDIS 53 36 137 312
LORAZEPAM 53 50 137 158
ENDOCET 52 47 S2 139 88
NABUMETONE 52 52 139 227
FENTANYL 51 37 S2 141 86
RISPERIDONE 51 29 141 82
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 25 S2 141 143
ACTONEL 50 43 144 281
ZOSTAVAX 50 44 144 175
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. 27, 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.