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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,149Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 288 out of 682

$532K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 275 out of 682

358 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 358 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 358 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,363 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 435 411 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 370 332 2 4
LISINOPRIL 268 247 3 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 239 239 4 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 217 190 5 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 213 206 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 166 155 7 13
OMEPRAZOLE 159 155 8 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 151 9 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154 140 10 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 137 11 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 106 S3 12 1
FUROSEMIDE 138 118 13 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136 126 14 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 119 15 37
METFORMIN HCL 117 96 16 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 99 17 20
SERTRALINE HCL 97 90 18 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 87 19 57
GABAPENTIN 89 66 20 9
KLOR-CON M20 88 71 21 67
ATENOLOL 86 68 22 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 77 23 36
LOVASTATIN 73 72 24 66
CYMBALTA 72 71 25 51
ESTRADIOL 70 70 R 26 152
NEXIUM 70 63 26 19
TRAMADOL HCL 68 68 28 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 66 28 74
SYNTHROID 67 67 30 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 65 31 29
CRESTOR 62 58 32 22
PAROXETINE HCL 60 60 33 53
MELOXICAM 57 45 34 27
DIOVAN 50 48 35 42
NAMENDA 50 50 35 41
ALLOPURINOL 50 50 35 32
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. 26, 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.