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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,711Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 682

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 682

778 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

3% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 778 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 16,740 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 791 671 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 749 548 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 690 572 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 548 325 S3 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 523 400 5 15
SIMVASTATIN 415 314 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 381 351 7 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 338 257 8 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 332 297 9 11
FUROSEMIDE 330 268 10 7
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 327 254 11 96
LISINOPRIL 322 250 12 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 283 13 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 309 264 14 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 307 232 15 36
TRAZODONE HCL 299 240 16 38
GABAPENTIN 287 224 17 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 273 195 18 68
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 272 223 19 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 265 212 20 12
FAMOTIDINE 248 208 21 99
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 185 22 147
CARVEDILOL 244 221 23 23
TRAMADOL HCL 242 222 24 26
NAMENDA 232 210 25 41
PAROXETINE HCL 231 199 26 53
CYMBALTA 227 176 27 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 211 176 28 14
CRESTOR 208 181 29 22
MELOXICAM 203 128 30 27
ATENOLOL 181 160 31 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 171 151 32 10
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 164 116 33 142
CLOPIDOGREL 154 143 34 25
PLAVIX 136 116 35 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136 126 35 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 132 37 56
MIRTAZAPINE 131 128 38 52
GLIMEPIRIDE 128 113 39 43
ALLOPURINOL 121 98 40 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 106 41 33
LYRICA 119 101 41 78
AZITHROMYCIN 119 99 41 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 117 100 R 44 50
NEXIUM 117 76 44 19
METFORMIN HCL 116 94 46 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 113 101 47 73
KLOR-CON M20 112 107 48 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 110 83 49 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 110 94 49 77
INSULIN SYRINGE 109 79 51 75
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 89 52 57
SERTRALINE HCL 100 82 52 24
DIOVAN HCT 97 84 54 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 88 54 37
SYNTHROID 97 75 54 59
SPIRIVA 95 87 57 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 80 58 87
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 88 59 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 88 70 60 84
CLONIDINE HCL 85 51 61 48
EXELON 84 84 62 104
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 67 62 137
DIGOXIN 82 74 64 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 54 65 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 68 65 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 69 67 44
JANUVIA 76 64 68 62
LIPITOR 72 50 69 92
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 72 69 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 57 69 70
DIOVAN 70 66 72 42
SUCRALFATE 68 57 73 160
RANITIDINE HCL 65 46 74 28
LACTULOSE 64 64 75 100
LIDODERM 63 50 76 134
CLONAZEPAM 63 43 76 194
CALCITONIN-SALMON 62 56 78 269
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 62 R 78 165
PROAIR HFA 61 23 80 45
LANTUS 61 40 80 55
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 60 47 82 242
BYSTOLIC 58 58 83 118
NOVOLOG 57 43 84 129
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 22 R 85 65
ONGLYZA 55 55 86 219
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 40 86 16
TOPIRAMATE 55 16 86 150
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 34 R 89 54
EXFORGE HCT 53 53 90 381
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52 33 91 107
ABILIFY 52 49 91 179
ZETIA 52 44 91 69
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 36 91 149
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 30 95 112
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 Jan. 12, 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.